ICBM Madness in North Korea and China’s Mission Impossible

This week on China Watch with Peter Lee: Ultimatums, aircraft carriers, and backchannel messaging fuel the North Korean nuclear crisis as Trump makes his big Asian move and much more!

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Show Notes

North Korea threat ‘can’t go on’

Trump strategy on North Korea: “Maximum Pressure and Engagement”

Kadena Air Base Shows Its Firepower during surprise ‘Elephant Walk’ drill

Ball of N. Korea Nuke Crisis Kicked to Trump

Why North Korea Needs Nukes…and How to End That

How to Make a Deal with North Korea

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  1. VoiceOfArabi says:

    Hello Peter Lee,

    I always enjoy your work… excellent as always…

    Question: What do you think will happen in Thailand in the next 12 months? or is it dormant for now.?

  2. Padraig O'Hara says:

    As for this guff about “democracy”: whatever the US was fighting for, from 1950, when the war broke out, to 1953, when it ground to a halt, democracy hardly described the American cause.
    We were fighting on behalf of Syngman Rhee, the US-educated-and-sponsored dictator of South Korea, whose vibrancy was demonstrated by the large-scale slaughter of his leftist political opponents. For 22 years, Rhee’s word was law, and many thousands of his political opponents were murdered: tens of thousands were jailed or driven into exile.

    • Peter Lee says:

      To me it’s an illustration of how long it takes for a new regime to achieve general legitimacy. Apparently it takes about 40 years & good economic growth to overcome the legacy of a rump regime stocked largely with Japanese collaborators that leaned on US muscle to repress any political or regional backing to its rule. Ironic byproduct of ROK democracy: diminished ties to North that make reunification increasingly difficult.

  3. William Field says:

    Great thankyou Sir.. I say half the Political establishment ought serve in a current front line War Zone at all times…Seems the last thing the Empire(s) wants is Peace & “De-Escalation” ….it’s a Multi-Trillion dollar “Business”….and it is also about “Multi-Trillion dollar” Trade, Capital interest & Status Quo….& yes seems N.Korea will know from History & observation it’s pity the poor & weak…..Worst of all it’s the provocation that create the danger…I suspect China will know all this too & is working more closely with Russia…& The only intelligent solution is normalisation & agreed gradual Development/Trade based on various “mutually verifiable guarantees”..but US credit is shot!..Things like this make it worse!………we need to build trust in this Nuke day & age…it’s easily possible but not good for some folks Businesses..or for the 2% that have hi-jachked our democracy, civil rights & the debate/narrative.

    • Peter Lee says:

      In Northeast Asia most of the states are risk-averse & high functioning & can manage being object of US-China competition. I worry more about Philippines/Malaysia/Indonesia/Thailand which have problems of weak rule & special issue of Islamic separatism/militancy. It’s Asia’s version of the Middle East and really dangerous for outside meddling IMO

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