The Chinese, like everyone else with the possible exception of Trump, know that an all out nuclear war would be the end of the world.
I am assuming that there are controls in place to prevent Trump from using nuclear weapons. I have to believe that.
I am convinced that the Chinese also consider the nuclear option off the table.
Why then are the Chinese seemingly reluctant to put significant pressure on North Korea?
Wouldn’t it be nice, the Chinese speculate, if the entire Korean peninsular were communist. How can this be achieved?
Perhaps Trump will unwittingly help us achieve this goal, they muse? (For appearance sake China has agreed to apply some pressure but I am not at all convinced that the Chinese will follow through).
China is not pleased seeing American military presence in South Korea, as we weren’t either when the Russians put missiles in Cuba.
Thus the Chinese are hoping that our unstable leader will make some non-nuclear military mistake against North Korea.
Whatever damage it may cause, it won’t be enough to prevent North Korea’s Army from entirely occupying South Korea.
They have the fourth largest standing army in the world. The 40,000 or so American troops stationed in South Korea would be taken prisoner and subsequently used as bargaining chips for their release.
All this may seem far fetched. Were it not for our irrational president i would never have considered writing this article.