China’s State-Run TV Depicts Nuclear Strike On America
China’s State-Run TV Depicts Nuclear Strike On America – Why The US Can’t Rely Upon China To Put Leverage Upon North Korea
Is China finally becoming part of the solution to North Korea’s illegal nuclear and missile programs? Don’t hold your breath.
On Feb. 18, China’s Commerce Ministry announced suspending coal imports from North Korea for one year — to punish the North for their latest missile test in early February.
North Korea’s state-run media lambasted their communist allies in Beijing for this betrayal.
Champagne corks are popping all over Washington, D.C.
The foreign policy establishment of “panda huggers” and their echo chamber in the mainstream media is celebrating the imminent arrival of China’s cavalry to rescue the U.S. and its Pacific allies from North Korean nuclear missiles.
But wait! On Feb. 23, reportedly U.N. and Chinese government data shows China is already cheating on earlier promised reductions of coal imports from North Korea!
Western elites prefer to see China as a “me too” state.
In this view, the communist giant wants normalized relations to become a respected member of the “Western” world order (which includes U.S. Pacific allies) that since the end of World War II has been led by the United States.
Panda huggers believe China abhors North Korea’s illegal nuclear and missile programs and wants to denuclearize the KoreanPeninsula. But China has been reluctant to use its vast economic leverage to force Beijing’s client state to denuclearize, in part for humanitarian reasons — economic sanctions would make North Korea’s already impoverished people suffer even worse.
Nor does China want to risk collapse of North Korea, bringing unwanted refugees into China, and inviting South Korea and the U.S. to fill the vacuum near China’s border.
For decades, western elites have believed, with enough coaxing of Beijing, they can play “the China Card” to compel North Koreandenuclearization.
However, there is a more cynical perspective.
Realists believe China is an expansionist power, bitterly discontented with the status quo in Asia and the wider world order. China knows the U.S. is the architect of the present “unjust” world order and sees the U.S. as its chief enemy.
China shares this hostility towards the United States — and shares a desire to topple the existing international system — with Russia, North Korea, and Iran.
China and Russia are helping greatly accelerate North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and are playing the North Korea card against the United States. China and Russia know that North Korean nuclear missile threats against South Korea and Japan are an enormous challenge to the credibility of U.S. security guarantees.
If North Korea can threaten the U.S. mainland, this could undermine beyond salvation the credible security basis for the existing international order in the Pacific, led by the United States. Would the U.S. risk a nuclear exchange with North Korea in order to protect South Korea and Japan?
Seoul and Tokyo may be excused for not thinking so.
And the American people may be excused for not wanting to be, for the sake of the security of faraway nations, nuclear victims of North Korea. For China and Russia, one of the biggest prizes they could win with their nuclear North Korea card is American isolationism.
If North Korean nuclear missiles can prod the United States further down the path begun by former President Obama, so that U.S. “leading from behind” becomes abandonment of its global security responsibilities—then China and Russia will have won their New Cold War without fighting.
Moscow and Beijing, in extremis, might use the little man in Pyongyang to fight a nuclear war by proxy.