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Monday, April 17, 2017

China has better choices

Reading the news of late as the world is once again on the precipice of nuclear violence, China is on center stage along with the central cast from Asian Global Politics. It is an old show that is periodically updated and renewed by a change in actors.

Today, we have Donald Trump and Mike Pence introducing new dynamics. They are aggressive, where Obama was formerly more process-oriented.

The subject here is China that is derived from a story by The Washington Post that reports how North Korea and South Korea are ignoring China's sanctions. South Korea with the US is deploying a powerful anti-missile defense system that China doesn't want.

North Korea is testing powerful new nuclear weapons and ICBMs to deliver them. China has imposed sanctions against that.

What if America's "Big Dealmaker" sprung into action? Could Trump introduce better alternatives to China?

1. China could cooperate with the US in deploying anti-missile defense systems.

2. The US could cooperate with China in resolving certain territorial disputes to lessen tensions.

3. The US could facilitate improved relations between Japan, South Korea, China and other APEC Nations.

4. The peace alliance could conceive better options for North Koreans to live as harmonious neighbors through nuclear disarmament.

5. The US could stop making "communism" and "socialism" the enemies, and focus on Democratic Pluralism

"BEIJING — More than half a century ago, hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers died in the Korean War, fighting on the side of their Communist allies against the American-backed South. Today, China finds itself in the uncomfortable position of falling out with both the Communist North and capitalist South of this troublesome peninsula, imposing sanctions on both countries but getting no satisfaction from either. 
On Monday, South Korea announced it would press ahead with the “swift deployment” of an American missile defense system despite relentless and vociferous Chinese opposition. 
In February, China said it was cutting off coal imports from North Korea by sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council in a bid to persuade the country to abandon its nuclear and missile program. On Sunday, North Korea ignored China’s pleadings not to raise regional tensions by conducting another missile test, albeit one that failed. 
China has also deployed an unofficial and unilateral package of sanctions against South Korea to persuade it not to deploy an American missile defense system. On Monday, as Vice President Pence warned North Korea not to test U.S. resolve, South Korea’s acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, vowed to press ahead with the “swift deployment” of that system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD."

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