China Warns Trump: "We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change"

Tyler Durden's picture

In a troubling repudiation of President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its bellicose neighbor, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.

"If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so," it said.

At the same time, the Chinese regime  made it clear that its preferred outcome would be a continuation of the status quo, warning Kim Jong Un that it would "remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first." The article, cited by Rueters,  reiterated calls for a diplomatic solution. However, the possibility of talks between the two sides was looking increasingly remote as both Trump and Kim continued to exchange threats of nuclear annihilation, with Trump clarifying Thursday that his earlier promise to respond with “fire and fury” should the North continue to threaten the US may not have gone far enough.

China - North Korea's most important ally and trading partner -  has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis. Beijing has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the United States, such as military drills, that it sees as escalating tensions.

"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral," the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial.

Meanwhile, as the North may be planning its next ICBM launch, the US is stepping up military exercises with Japan and South Korea.

“On Thursday, U.S. and Japanese troops began an 18-day live fire exercise on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, which was to include rocket artillery drills and involve 3,500 troops. The Northern Viper drills are one of the scheduled exercises that Japan's Self Defense Forces conducts regularly with their U.S. counterparts and are not a response to the latest tensions. South Korean and U.S. troops are also gearing up for an annual joint drill from Aug. 21, called the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, in which up to 30,000 U.S. troops will take part.”

US officials were also discussing coordinated contingency plans on Friday to formulate exactly how the allies would respond to an attack.

“South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his U.S. counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said. The two discussed responses to North Korean provocations and the security situation on the Korean peninsula, he said.”

Not surprisingly, analysts have compared the standoff between the two nuclear powers (the North is a recent, if untested, member of this club) to a modern day Cuban Missile crisis.  "This situation is beginning to develop into this generation's Cuban Missile crisis moment," ING's chief Asia economist Robert Carnell said in a research note. "While the U.S. president insists on ramping up the war of words, there is a decreasing chance of any diplomatic solution."

Judging by the markets' reaction in the past 48 hours, this troubling reality has finally filtering through to risk assets.

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ThankYouSirMayIHaveAnother's picture

Word to all US companies who have factories over in China...Move your shit out of there fast you won't like the new tax structure.

HRClinton's picture

But they can still hire unlimited H1B workers from China, SK and Vietnam, right? 

So what changes for the US workers and grads, if they don't belong to some "disadvantaged" demographic?  White, non-Jewish males would probably want to know.

DeltaDawn's picture

Pretend to not speak English, dye your hair and loose 30 lbs. Also make your women wear veils.

Gohigher's picture

Good Point missed in all the click-bait WAR PIG shit, TYSMIHA.

Conventional war is NOTHING compared to a trade war kicked off by the USSA, resulting in a currency war against a nation that holds the endebted USSA's dollar at gunpoint.

ALL the rah, rah USA USA blow up other nations idiots here on ZH have no idea the carnage on their own families right at home economic war would deliver.

Better to declare war on the seditious traitorous 535 reps in Washington DC.


gummydaddy's picture

So, from here on out, NK will be seen as a proxy of the Chinese government, and any strike on the US by NK will be viewed as an act of war by China. Also, who cares? NK can't touch us, and everybody knows it.

homiegot's picture

It's been well known for years.

tangent's picture

The Don made quite the fool of himself on his pre-emptive strike bullshit. It the obvious opposite of what you want to do when a country is developing nukes because they feel threatened. Pull the US troops out of South Korea and send them to the Mexican border. Two months later, THEN see what North Korea is doing with its nuke program. This actually isn't complicated, its just that they try to pretend it is.

IronForge's picture


Yankee go home!

Arrest Hillary's picture

These Asians are tough cookies .... compared to inept Latin socialism (Cuba and Venezuela) .... I opened a large oval can of Mexican sardines .... the lid snapped .... and sprayed my face with fishy tomato sauce .... isn't it curious how the finicky cats eat the tomato sauce first .... that's all they're getting nextime .... the sardines are for me ?

joey stalin's picture

Mexican sardines in tomato sauce?  Times ARE tough.

Falconsixone's picture

MIC's calling the shots.

blindfaith's picture



This whole thing is so the markets can take a long over due DUMP, and have something to pin it on besides bubbles, the FED, and greed.

China will do nothing one way or the other.  500 million Chinese lives upset is a lot of chop sui to eat and the RED ARMY knows that.

Mao may still be 'revered' in China, but no one will go back to those days ( maybe in merca, but not China).

FredGSanford.'s picture

This is the reason that we will not strike first.

homiegot's picture

That doesn't give us the moral high ground to strike first. Let the chinks go first.

DeltaDawn's picture

It will be an accident by a lowly sailor who accidently discharges a missile, so that the leaders have no culpability.

Pacman7293's picture

No matter what both sides will say the other one shot first. Can you remember when it was ever any different?

historian40's picture

The US regime's usual mo is to instigate a reaction and then claim the reaction was the beginning.  That or stage a false flag and blame it on their victim.

homiegot's picture

Never trust Chinks.

historian40's picture

Never trust a jew, they are like their father the devil, aka the father of lies.

Never trust the US regime, as there hasn't been an agreement they haven't broken for their own machinations, including the Constitution that establishes the real US government.

Reaper's picture

Speak resolutely. Have big stick. A threat not carried out is a loss of face.

Pacman7293's picture

"Face" is a load of Asian nonsense. How about just be genunine and stop all your pretentious anal nonsense?

dirty fingernails's picture

One should take care of one's own house before tell their neighbor how to care for theirs.

Reaper's picture

Every society or organization has accepted rules. Try being genuine in a US Court. Tell the judge you don't contribute to his reelection campaign, because it's corrupt pay to play.

Col. Leghorn CSA's picture

Ok so how about Honor? Same thing and not an Asian concept. Perhaps you have gotten used to bowing and bending over all these years.

NobodyNowhere's picture

He he he!!!

Middle fingre to the NWO lordships.

Next - Chinese boots in the Middle East.

DeltaDawn's picture

If you really want to make your head hurt, explore the thought that China's leaders and Russia's leaders are also NWO puppets.  As well as the Saudis and other muslim oiligarchs,  Not too far fetched if you consider who funded the Bolsheviks and Mao.  

Arrest Hillary's picture

You socialists drool for war .... like some ZeroHedgers drool for market collapse .... like I drool for a return to the gold standard ?

Joe A's picture

This is a mouthpiece of the Chinese regime. An unofficial one though. But it has a warning to both: stop this shit. A warning to America not to attack NK and a warning to NK not to attack the US. But it does not solve the crisis and China lets the world know it still supports the regime in Pyongyang. Kim is now rest assured and America is now the one to back down.

Pacman7293's picture

Good explanation but neither one has any reason to back down based on China's statement here. And what it does show is China is either attempting to seize control or maintain it. And everyone with half a brain can clearly see China and N.Korea are best of pals.

Xena fobe's picture

Nice premise to start a politically unpopular trade war. Brilliant. It's about time we did something.

It will be interesting to see where the manufacturing relocates to.

TheAntiProgressive's picture

He is your sock puppet.  The world knows it, you enact regine change and take over the nukes.  An attack by NK is an attack by China.  You aren't fooling nobody.

goldenbuddha454's picture

What a bunch of Crap.   China guarding its little brother again.  Enabler

Sandmann's picture

Masao Okonogi, professor emeritus at Japan’s Keio University, said the latest North Korean report suggested Pyongyang was issuing a warning or advance notice of changes to its missile testing program rather than threatening an attack.

Bernardo Gui's picture

If you read the editorial closely, the ChiComs are drawing the line at regime change. They fully understand that they can't stop the US from attacking the Nork nuke program, but they don't want a US allied government on their border. I would think that Trump would welcome the involvement of the chinks if Kimmy should die in the process.

goldenbuddha454's picture

a total bunch of crap guarding their little brother,  Enablers!

historian40's picture

I'm less worried about China's enabling of North Korea, than the US enabling of Saudi Arabia, the antichrists' counterfeit "Israel", al-CIAda, ISIS, etc.

directaction's picture

The United Satans of America just got schooled, put in their place by China.

Falconsixone's picture

Or did they get what they wanted?


Fake Trump's picture

Well said. Trump please shut up.

Xena fobe's picture

Fake Trump?  More like Fake American.

Bai Suzhen's picture

China essentially said that if NK attacks the US, then they'll look the other way as we destroy NK.  But until then, hands off with the regime change bit.  That sounds pretty reasonable to me.  Russia stopped regime change in Syria, and now China is looking to do the same in NK.  Good to see nations with cred are standing up to the US war machine.  US should pull out of Asia, and throw the ball in the court of China, Japan, and SK.  Maybe Vietnam might want to play a little, that's up to them.  Let Asians work out their own problems.  What is in it for us?  Is a new Galaxy Note 8 and some cheap flat panels worth WWIII?  We have problems at home that need fixing.  As long as NK doesn't attack us, enough is enough. 

DJZZ's picture

Let's play a game called scary noises.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

Russia and China means business.


U S S A means war......Empire in decline..culture in decline....I can't fucking darkness coming to U S S need for bombs.........look at the dumb american.....its self explanatory

Xena fobe's picture

Just reversing the Clinton "build up China" policy.

shadow54's picture

So now the truth comes out. China is behind this horrible regime and its endless threats.

dirty fingernails's picture

So the Russian collusion BS should be Chinese collusion? Who knew!

silverer's picture

OK, let's put it in perspective. Form the continental US with the exception of Rhode Island and Connecticut as a country so it's like China and South and North Korea. The dictator on Rhode Island just threatened Connecticut, Greenland, Iceland, and the UK. 5,000 heavy artillery guns in Rhode Island are pointed at Connecticut. The UK wants to attack and maybe nuke Rhode Island. Do you think the rest of the US would be happy with that? Wait... not done yet. Rhode Island never threatened the big neighbor to the west. But now the UK wants to take out Rhode Island and install a new government, run by the Queen. How does it sound now?