China: Control your North Korea!
Once again, Kim Jung Un has launched an intercontinental Ballistic Missile that fell into the sea. Presumably, our intelligence community determined that it could travel as far as 4000 miles and hit Alaska.
An initial Net Assessment delineated the deadly weapons as an intermediate-range missile. However, they were waiting for further data to make a definitive diagnosis. Our IC has determined that the NK missile was launched from Banghyon Air Field in the northwestern town of Kusong. It flew about only 578 miles before landing in the waters separating NK and Japan.
This useless NK action should have been preempted by President Xi Jiping of China.
POTUS Trump had warned Xi ‘end this nonsense once and for all.’ [NY Times, 7/4/17]. Even Vladimir Putin has initiated a meeting where some sort of diplomatic solution can be found. NK borders Russia as well as China. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov warned NK : “.. more arguments to those who seek pretexts for new escalation of tensions.” [Interfax,7/4/17].
China carries the main burden of restraining Kim’s provocative behavior. Xi has been responsible for allowing financial and military resources to replenish NK’s debilitating economy and military from descending into complete bankruptcy. In turn, China is afraid of NK imploding from any attempt at ‘regime change’. They fear that the flood of 23 million impoverished NK peasants over the NK border into China would ultimately destabilize their tight PRC control over an already poor Chinese economy and restive population.
The last time I went to China, I was asked at the Chinese Institute for Chinese for Contemporary International Relations [CICR] whether I had come as a private citizen to ‘destabilize the PRC like I had done in the Soviet Union’? Apparently, CICR knew a lot about my previous activities. I was impressed to what degree they had studied my past. I answered truthfully, “No, I have come to Beijing as a friend of China”.
That was and is still the truth!
However, I did warn them as a friend that they were ‘vulnerable’ on the following areas:
 general lack of water
 specifically hundreds of thousands inhabitants on the western [desert] part of China were completely without water
 then leader, Hu Jintao, was weak and would have to be replaced by a tougher princeling [eventually Xi came into power]
 if NK were to be de-stabilized then China would be forced to reconfigure both its financial /military structure in order to handle a massive influx of very poor NK peasants which would put pressure on China itself.
I added in sotto voce: “China is surrounded by US military allies– all the way from Russia, Japan, Vietnam, as well as the ASEAN countries.” Nothing has changed over the past years to make this assessment any different for an eventual PRC regime change.
I implore all the relevant PRC princelings to stop, once and for all, the North Korean missile provocations.
No one wins! We all lose!
Pope John Paul II wrote the following:
“Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore… prove ultimately futile.”
Yet this does not apply for Regime Change!
It’s faster, quieter, and far more lethal!