Korean Peace Derailed; Taiwan War on Track

This week on China Watch: Korean peace in limbo, the Pentagon’s Taiwan Project Independence 2020 on track…and Trump goes off the rails.

It’s not easy for America, which drove the world into a ditch…twice…in this century to rally its allies and assets for another self-serving campaign, this time to preserve US hegemony in Asia…but the US government, the Pentagon, the think tanks, and the media are doing their best.

Korean peace is stalling, the Taiwan plot is progressing, and Donald Trump is imploding.  Almost everything seems to be going according to plan.

Korean peace looks like it will take a back seat as the Pentagon and Donald Trump focus on cutting the People’s Republic of China down to size.

The PRC elite mood seems to be that Trump is not interested in a win-win China deal, he’s interested in a protracted zero sum conflict designed to degrade the PRC’s geostrategic position, its economy, and even its stability.  And it looks like they are right.

The signs point to the US and Taiwan playing the Taiwan independence gambit as early as 2020 as a provocation guaranteed to draw the PRC into a conflict in which it is ill-prepared to prevail.

The key question is whether China could maintain its position in the international order at the same time it’s pummeling Taiwan for a declaration of independence.  That depends on Chinese diplomacy…and American global reach.

And Randy Schriver.

Yes, Randy Schriver.

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Show notes

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Kudlow should understand China’s firm will

South Korea’s THAAD to stay deployed during environmental study

A Big Mistake: South Korea’s Moon Jae-in Rushes to Reunify Country

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Commentary: Accepting China’s ‘core interests’ is the bottom line for businesses

Annual Report to Congress: Security and Military Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2018

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South China Sea: Australia could send aircraft carrier to back Australian vessels

Special China Watch reports on Korea

Perhaps no foreign affairs issue in recent history has been so thoroughly misunderstood as the backstory of U.S. engagement with North Korea.  That’s because U.S. machinations relating to North Korea are about as dirty, unsuccessful, and embarrassing as can be imagined.

Here’s your chance to understand the context of U.S.—North Korea relations: a trio of special reports I have prepared on the untold story of U.S. duplicity and failure on North Korea.  Unknown, that is, to Western observers who rely on the selective historical memories of American policy makers and pundits; but deeply known and felt reality to North Korean and Chinese policymakers for whom U.S. bad faith and betrayal is the default setting in Korean affairs.

The Deep State Plan to Sabotage Korean Peace (full episode available on Youtube)

John Bolton’s presence on the White House staff is a red flag to Chinese and North Korean policymakers.  That’s because John Bolton’s core competency is sabotaging the stated and perhaps genuine intentions of the President of the United States to pursue peace on the Korean Peninsula, and substitute “active measures” to promote regime change. 

One of the most consequential failures in modern U.S. diplomacy (or anti-diplomacy) if you prefer, was a disastrous foray into financial secondary sanctions targeting North Korea during the George W. Bush years when John Bolton ruled the North Korea regime-change roost.  The sanctions gambit—targeting a tiny, China affiliated bank in Macau—backfired and literally birthed North Korea’s first atomic bomb.

It’s history that the Chinese and North Koreans know deep in their bones, even as the U.S. government tried to deny and ignore the reality of the fiasco.  To understand the deep distrust and reflexive caution of Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping in dealing with the United States, you need to know about the Banco Delta Asia gambit of 2005.

This is a non-paywalled China Watch offering posted on the Newsbud youtube channel per the link.  Please circulate it among your friends and encourage them to subscribe to Newsbud and get the full story of America’s North Korea boondoggle.

Shame in San Francisco: At the Olympics, South Korea Says “Enough” to a Century of Japanese and U.S. Betrayal

My Asia Brief audio report on the history Americans don’t know… but drives current events on the Korean peninsula.  Resentment at the sacrifice of Korea to U.S. Cold War ambitions and the Japanese alliance runs deep…and Koreans in the North and South are finally able to do something about it.

General MacArthur’s Conspiracy to Start a War with China! New Documentary Release & Interview! For purchase at Newsbud Store or for Purchase or View via Amazon or Vimeo

The Korean War was a desperate and dubious battle in which the US was ready to try anything and everything to overcome its strategic and tactical disadvantages.  Biological weapons, nuclear weapons…and Douglas MacArthur’s plans for a strategic breakout via escalation of the Korean conflict to a regional war.  Everything was on the table.

Douglas MacArthur made the first US attempt to parlay a Korean crisis into an existential confrontation with the People’s Republic of China.  With the US milsec establishment, his ideas are more popular—and dangerous—than ever.  My documentary uses first hand testimony and declassified archives to finally reveal the truth behind this long-suppressed event.

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  1. Ken Wooley says:

    Despite the obvious implication that peace is bad for the MIC budget I suspect that there is another factor behind the urgency to get rid of Trump and advance US (oops! Coalition) aggression on multiple fronts… All of the key leaders, known & unknown, are getting old and getting ready to depart to their just rewards and they want to see their plans for the “New World Order” come into fruition before they leave.

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