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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AR15AU's picture

i thinnk mr trump should immediately sanction china

dirty fingernails's picture

Why delay the inevitable? Sanction the rest of the world. That'll show them who's completely dispensible.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

This is the reason why the US  stages false flag events. Play victim to gain approval for murderous actions and get away with it.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Comrade Gook just gave Trump the political cover he needed to slap a tariff on Chinese manufactured goods. Let's see what a big shot this commie creep is after manufacturers start packing up and leaving for other venues. He 's fixing to be taught a lesson.

johnnycanuck's picture

Outfits like Apple and  Foxconn will have something to say about that. Even though all the iphones are built in China, 80% of the profit returns to the US.


ParaZite's picture

If everyone in NK is ash, there's no regime to change. 

Checkmate China. 

Fake Trump's picture

Retarted and idiotic mindset. 

johnnycanuck's picture

Not much talk lately about China the currency manipulator nor the ginormous trade deficit thingie.

Just Xi !!  ....make that damn dog shut up will you?


Poor Herr Beakendeeoffalot, whatever will he do?


Sensei CP3's picture

Sounds like most of the tylers here are choosing the last option - acceptance that NK will have nukes.  get Japan a few nukes for "defense" and give china something to think about.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Give Japan nukes? Your not thinking big enough! If you REALLY want to get under the Chi-coms skin, just give Taiwan nukes. That would more than do it.

joey stalin's picture

The Japs have already detonated three Fukushima nukes on their own territory.  They're far too suicidal to have nukes--for electric power or otherwise.

pocomotion's picture

We don't see the massive troupe and armaments moving into position.  We just hear and read news from known liars.  My thesis is - NK is bullshit smoke for another area of the world about to be CFR'ed.  Take your pick - Venezuela, Iran or maybe Crimea and Russia.

The world needs a war to implement the CFR plan, And, ME and YOU ain't mentioned in it.

Best of luck to all my friends and 'like thinkers' that, like me, have been 100% MARGINALIZED.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

I said all along anyone who thought China was going to aid in anyway the situation in North Korea was out of touch with the way Communism works. What you do is three fold: First, you kick the Chi-coms out of the WTO. That would be enough right there to cause a regime change in China! Secondly, you do something that should have been done years ago: Give Taiwan, Japan and South Korea nukes. Thirdly, you sign an alliance with India. Now China is boxed in on all sides. Wouldn't be long before there would be regime change in North Korea and China, no more problems, and not the first shot need be fired {unless the gooks want to}. I read awhile back where both the Philippines AND VIETNAM wanted the US Nay back at Subic and Cam Rahn Bay. Imagine that, the Commies in Vietnam want us back after over forty years!

DeltaDawn's picture

Sounds good.  I will play China.  

My next move: Confiscate all foreign-owned factories

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Shows how much you know about how China works {and doesn't}. They already have semi-nationalized every factory on the main land.

sentido kumon's picture

But this is coming from an editorial piece from what I understand is not even the PRC's official state news agency. Sigh...can somebody please solicit actual statement from the heads of PRC itself? Anybody from MSM??

Gohigher's picture

How high up do you need to go?

This has been the plan, just like DPRK's to



williambanzai7's picture

The Mainland Chinese just love the political pattern of North Korea.

It keeps getting better.

oromae's picture

FINALLY China dispenses with their facade of wanting to be helpful in dealing with N Korea. The current N Korean regime has to go. They have literally been a scourge on mankind for decades.

America, you made China rich and they think powerful . Stop abetting their hostle ambitions for the promise of money.

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shake n bake's picture

Fuck china. If they get involved, the US should also teach them a lesson

joey stalin's picture

Hey, I could live with a few nuked US cities.  New York would get rid of the Jews, Washington DC would get rid of the Jew's servants, and San Fransisco would get rid of the perverts.  Go for it./sarc

joey stalin's picture

Well moron, you haven't actually been to North Korea, and I don't imagine you are an academic expert on the country, so your information must come from the Jew controlled liberalshit media, the source of all truth and virtue.

roddy6667's picture

Looks like China is the only adult in the room.

historian40's picture

We know North Korea will not strike first, this seals it.  If the US claims they struck first, it's a false flag lie.

BrownCoat's picture

@ historian40,

"We know North Korea will not strike first,"

No. We do not know that. 

Some talking head said that this latest announcement (preemptive strike) by the US is intended to put a "credible threat" on the negotiating table. Maybe. This kind of posturing may work, but I doubt it.

cherry picker's picture


My children and grandchildren are us citizens living in the USA.

If they get hurt or are killed because of you and the cabal I will be coming for you.


Xena fobe's picture

Colonizers and spies should go home.

We need a new name for citizens in name only.  CINOs.  

BrownCoat's picture

@ cherry picker,

"If they get hurt or are killed because of you and the cabal I will be coming for you."

How about all the children whose cancer rates have gone up after Chernobyl disaster? Idiot humans have been making mistakes forever. Deal with it.

Internet-is-Beast's picture

Trump will have to consult with the neocons. This is getting serious! I'm sure Bill Kristol will know what he should do.

Grandad Grumps's picture

China seems to be figuring out that they have been "had".

Bay Area Guy's picture

I had mentioned in a comment on an earlier story on ZH that we were in the dick waving phase of this situation.  To continue with the metaphor, China just delivered a kick to the nuts of the US.  So now how does Trump respond to this?  If Trump decides he has to save face and not back down, this has an unforunately excellent chance of ending very, very badly for everyone.

south40_dreams's picture

This is destined to end bad no matter what happens now, that other ship has sailed

RepublicanDon's picture

China is acting like any other dog owner whose vicious dog has become a problem in the neighborhood.  We need to put their dog down before it bites someone.

madashellron's picture

Bullshit, this is another created crisis in a long list of crsis. The US and coalition of the killing created. Does Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq mean anything to you?

BrownCoat's picture


By the way Congress, how is the budget and debt ceiling coming along. Oh look, a rabbit!

Akdov Telmig's picture

OK, so now we can safely bet that a US preemptive strike is out of order now than the Chinese are covering the ass of NK with there nuclear arsenal?


Or Donald is crazy enough to keep pouring oil on the fire with is big mouth and risk WW3?  

Lynn Trainor's picture

If a U.S. first strike is, like Trump said, fire and fury on a scale never before seen, what would be left to defend?

RepublicanDon's picture

I do not think China wants to go to war with their biggest customer.  War is not only bad for business, it is expensive on its own. 

Felix da Kat's picture

Nikki Haley is of Hindu-Indian heritage. Is she pushing to involve and pre-occupy China in the current US- Korean war threat so China will lessen their claim to disputed lands on the Chinese-Indian border ?


Xena fobe's picture

I hope so but no way she has that much power.

Fake Trump's picture

Bomb her cunt with a 7 inches missile. 

DEMIZEN's picture

i usally dig mixed girls but the bitch is way uglier than as a fucking average rhino. i guess she got the worse threats from both races. not very lucky.

oak's picture

now what russia will say?

silverer's picture

Putin knows when to watch and not speak.