As a small isolationist country with very little power, North Korea has still somehow managed to gain a bit of power in its area of the world. It has created a relationship with both Japan and China. China in fact has supported North Korea for almost 70 years in several ways. China has also provided North Korea with fossil fuels and other various types of supplies and resources. North Korea remains a communist country but China has strayed away from communism over the years, though there is still a communist party in China. Recently, after tensions arose again between the U.S. and North Korea China backed away from North Korea and that is kind of a big deal.
Earlier this month Xi Jinping came to the U.S. to meet with President Trump. The meeting was by all accounts a success. Candidate Trump spoke a lot about labelling China as a currency manipulator and consistently stated that America suffers from bad deals past leaders had worked out with China on trade. Despite all that however, President Trump showed that he can work well with others to better trade relations with other countries. He backed off the statements and showed a more diplomatic side towards China after the meeting.
During that meeting with Xi Jinping, the Trump administration made the decision to drop 59 missiles as a warning to Syria. This all happened at dinner one evening. What this did was show China the absolute force and power of the military and Trumps willingness to use it if needed.
Soon after, President Trump announced he may be able to work out better deals with China. Of course, people accused him of flip flopping, however improving trade is not flip flopping it just makes sense.
Just a few days after that a long history of working with North Korea, China turned away a shipment of coal from North Korea. Seemingly no big deal, but it is. China not only turned that shipment away, they took in one from the USA. To a maniac like Kim Jong that is a huge slap in the face. With an important North Korean holiday coming up Kim Jong then made an announcement that he would be testing a nuke on that day. He did so and it failed. Trump had warned him not to do it but he ignored that warning.
Knowing that the President had sent some warship to the Korean peninsula he still launched the test and ignored all warning from America. Most likely angry at China for standing with America and turning away from a 70-year relationship with his country, Kim Jong released a threatening statement to a North Korean newspaper.
A North Korean propagandist newspaper published an article written by Rodong Sinmun threats were made toward the U.S. and South Korea. “it (North Korea) will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes”
Also, announced today was that there has been some increased military movement in China. China has stated it is no big deal, but could they be preparing for an attack against someone, or are they simply preparing to defend themselves if needed?
Some say that North Korea has missiles that could reach some areas of the U.S. and others say that he doesn’t. They for sure have missiles that can reach China and other parts of Asia. Either way one thing is quite concerning and that is that China could very well be playing a “Game of Thrones” and turn on us in a heartbeat. With the Chinese army and the North Korean army, we could be in some trouble. The vast majority of our troops are spread out all over the globe and it could take quite some time for them to make it home to fight.