Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trump Punches Back at North Korea, and China Follows From Behind

President Trump does not just talk the talk. He walks the walk.

He is putting pressure on rogue agents and sending clear messages to enemies and allies alike throughout the world as well as within the United States.

Kim Jong Un, aka Rocket Man, has met his match.

Trump also talks tough with China.

He refuses to let the Middle Kingdom get away with currency manipulation, cyber theft, or the propping up of corrupt, rogue communist regimes--like North Korea. China has allowed this Stalinist dictatorship to remain in power so that China can have its way in the Asian-Pacific region. South Korea is simply not prepared to deal with a failed state on its northern border.

At the same time, the world cannot deal with this insipid megalomaniac, a fat boy with no regard for any life or welfare besides his own. Trump has played his cards very well, pressing the little Communist regime to expand what little resources that the regime has. All the bombs are flaming out, and all the tough talk is failing.

China realizes that they have no leverage left using North Korea as its back-pocket attack dog. At the same time, if the nation state fails, most of the fleeing North Korean migrants will spill into China. Why? South Korea's borders include a demilitarized zone which no one can cross.

China cannot allow for massive war, and they do not want to see mass migration of starved, zombie-like people overwhelming their own northern coasts.

Trump is putting on the military pressure, and China is cooperating.

Check out what they Celestial Kingdom is doing now:

China has moved to limit North Korea's oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday.

All of this follows Trump's latest executive order, in which the United States will not do any business with any countries propping up or supporting/conducting business with North Korea.

China is worried about this, no doubt!
China is North Korea's most important trading partner, and one of its only sources of hard currency.
The ban on textiles trade will hurt Pyongyang's income, while China's oil exports are the country's main source of petroleum products.

Ouch! North Korean has nothing left! These sanctions are going to run this hard-core commie regime right into the ground!

The tougher stance follows North Korea's latest nuclear test this month.
The United Nations agreed fresh sanctions - including the textiles and petroleum restrictions - in response.
A statement from China's commerce ministry said restrictions on refined petroleum products would apply from 1 October, and on liquefied natural gas immediately.
Under the UN resolution, China will still be able to export a maximum of two million barrels of refined petroleum to North Korea annually, beginning next year.

WHAT?! They need to back up even more, but Trump has already gotten something.
North Korea is estimated to have imported 6,000 barrels of refined petroleum daily from China in 2016 - the equivalent of nearly 2.2 million in total for the entire year.
But China has not published data on oil exports since 2014.
The ban on textiles - Pyongyang's second-biggest export - is expected to cost the country more than $700m (£530m) a year.

BANKRUPTCY, here it comes!
Clothing has often partially been made in North Korea, but finished in China, allowing a Made in China label to be legally sewn onto the clothing, BBC World Service Asia-Pacific Editor Celia Hatton says.

Wow! I had no idea that Americans and other consumers around the world were purchasing products made by criminal countries using slave labor. No wonder Chinese goods have been excessively cheap compared to American and European counterparts.
China and Russia had initially opposed a prop om the US to completely ban oil exports, but later agreed to the reduced measures.

The United States are leading again, aren't they? This is welcome news. Finally, the USA has the upper hand on foreign policy, and the two most hostile countries to us can do nothing more than follow President Trump's lead.
North Korea has little energy production of its own, but does refine some petroleum products from crude oil it imports - which is not included in the new ban.
Petrol prices in Pyongyang have risen by about 20% in the past two months, the AFP news agency reports.
"It was $1.90 yesterday, today it is $2," a petrol station employee told the agency. "I expect the price will go up in the future."

Higher gas prices on an already impoverished nation--and a stretched central government and failing infrastructure, all but guarantee that the country's leadership will be crying for mercy. Here comes regime change? At least the chastened, fattened dictator might be open to more liberalizing reforms. After all, the country has had to allow for open markets and commerce in order that the vast majority of people can get something--anything--to get through from day to day.

North Korea also produces coal, some $1.2bn of which was exported to China in 2016, but China had already strictly limited its imports of North Korean coal earlier this year.
North Korea's foreign minister is expected to speak at the United Nations General Assembly later on Saturday, amid an escalating war of words between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

The war of words has turned into the war of wills--and Mr. Trump is winning this fight.
The North Korean leader earlier labelled Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" while Mr Trump labelled Mr Kim a "madman" in response.

How many foreign leaders have been willing to return names for names to the insipid, impetuous dictatorship of North Korea? The excessive polish and niceties of previous administrations were simply not effective enough. Trump knows how to play hard ball, and he's winning.

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the row was "like when children in a kindergarten start fighting and no-one can stop them".
Mr Lavrov said a pause was needed, "to calm down the hotheads".

No. The very thing that PyongYang wants is a de-escalation, because they are not ready to back up their tough rhetoric with real warfare.

Trump has them corner, just as Ronald Reagan knew that the Soviet Union was collapsing from within, and all the United States had to do was add a little push.

The pair were at odds over President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to do so in defence of the US or its allies.
He also mocked Kim Jong-un with a disparaging nickname, saying: "Rocket man is on a suicide mission."

Who is most afraid of a suicidal North Korea? China--and now China is going to do everything they can to smooth away Kim Jong-Un's terrifying regime and bring more democratic governance to the region. These measures will surely spark unrest within Mainland China, too. Workers in the Celestial Kingdom will demand a firm recognition of their own human rights, their God-given natural rights. These demands will make the cost of creation and production higher (since the Communist regime will no longer get away with creating cheap products using slave labor). All of this will turn out well for the United States in the global economy, too!

But the North Korean leader said remarks by the "deranged" US president convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.
In a personal address unprecedented from a North Korean leader, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would "pay dearly" for his speech, which he labelled "unprecedented rude nonsense".
He said Mr Trump had insulted his country in the eyes of the world, and threatened to "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".


There is nothing like a mad dictator calling the President of the United States or the leader of another country "Crazy." Trump has expertly triggered the North Korean government, and the results will further expose this communist outpost to ridicule and diminution to the rest of the international community.

Incredible foreign policy victories are heading our way!

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