Dunford: North Korean threat can be peacefully resolved

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets top US General Joseph Dunford

Both Cai and Zhao warned the Korean peninsula crisis is far from over, as the planned U.S.

Official rhetoric has been relatively conservative. In addition, a recent Global Times editorial offered two reasons to calm skeptics: first, that Russian Federation lacks the economic wherewithal to compensate for North Korea's losses due to Chinese sanctions enforcement; and second, that Moscow would be careful not to undercut United Nations sanctions that it had supported (since this would degrade an institution where Russian Federation has veto power).

And Chinese businessmen who have been making big money from North Korean crabs, shrimp and squid were furious.

The approach outlined here is created to do two things: (1) encourage Beijing to impose far stronger economic sanctions on North Korea by addressing Chinese concerns about regime change on its border and being seen as doing US bidding; and (2), based on fuller cooperation with China, to encourage North Korea to begin fruitful negotiations by providing new incentives related to regime security in addition to more punishing economic pressure.

As Dunfold´s main issue agenda, he will debate with the Chinese high-ranking military officials on DPRK´s nuclear weapons and also the tensions on the Korean peninsula. Throughout the month of July there was very little Chinese coverage or commentary on the North Korean missile tests. But the rhetoric of national humiliation still has its purposes.

China and the United States agreed Tuesday to increase communication between their militaries to avoid miscalculations that could trigger a war. Not incidentally, Mao and Zhou Enlai did precisely the same thing in the early 1950s, posing USA moves on the Korean peninsula as a reprise of Japan's 1894 action to humiliate China and strip Taiwan from the mainland's inexorable orbit.

China during the Jiang era (1989-2012) was marked by long periods of booming economic growth, but was also characterized by corruption, kleptocracy, and the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, one of China's largest spiritual communities, beginning in the 1990s.

Joe Dunford spoke with reporters after meetings here and in Seoul, South Korea. Numerous underground chasms that now hold the Korean People's Army artillery and untold nuclear hardware were either deepened or dug by the Chinese in the first place.

With the North Korean regime remaining defiant, China's President Xi Jinping, knowing that China can not afford open war on the Korean Peninsula, is hesitant to push the unpredictable Supreme Leader too hard. They have thousands of people running businesses - the huaqiao, or ethnic Chinese - who go back and forth all the time. So they really, really know what's going on.

Dunford, who is now visiting Asia, said the United States and China "have many hard issues where we will not necessarily have the same perspectives", according to a Defense Department statement. In a joint op-ed published on August 13, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis pointed out that a token of goodwill from North Korea would have to include "the immediate cessation of its provocative threats, nuclear tests, missile launches and other weapons tests". So the Economist runs a "what if" scenario regarding a war with North Korea and, aside from the nuclear fallout issues, projected that 300,000 people would die, but Kim Jong Un and his entire coterie of military adjuncts would be obliterated.

North Korea's recent nuclear history has indicated that it is developments in elite Chinese politics, not bellicose talk from US presidents, that will ultimately determine whether or not Pyongyang pushes its nuclear brinksmanship to a higher level.

In a note about the news, worldwide trade and customs law firm Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt said goods made in North Korea are contraband and can not be imported into the United States.

According to Reuters, the new sanctions will "slash by a third" North Korea's annual export revenue.

The additional matter is what the United States and others would need to offer up in exchange. So far, Beijing has halted North Korean coal imports, approved a comprehensive package of United Nations sanctions and urged Pyongyang to end its sabre rattling and return to the negotiating table. The views expressed are his own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the United States government.

Adam Cathcart is a Lecturer in Chinese history at Leeds University.

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