Arabella’s Gift…

The most notable aspect amid President Trump’s granddaughter Arabella delivering a folk song in native Mandarin wasn’t the song itself, it was the response from Madame Peng Liyaun, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping. If you haven’t watched the video, you should.

The song was shared moments after President Trump delivered these remarks during a state dinner presented by President Xi and Madame Peng to honor the visit of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump:

[…] “This moment in history presents both our nations with an incredible opportunity to advance peace and prosperity alongside other nations all around the world. In the words of a Chinese proverb, “We must carry forward the cause and forge ahead into the future.” I am confident that we can realize this wonderful vision.

[…] It is my hope that the proud spirits of the American and Chinese people will inspire our efforts to achieve a more just, secure, and peaceful world, a future worthy of the sacrifices of our ancestors, and the dreams of our children.

In a moment, we will view a video of my granddaughter, Arabella, reciting traditional Chinese songs and poetry about your country’s serene beauty and treasured customs. Our children so often remind us of our shared humanity and true dignity.” (link)

Arabella began her video by saying: “Hello, Grandpa Xi. Hello, Grandma Peng”, and then began to sing a story in Mandarin very familiar to the Chinese people. Exceptionally familiar to Madame Peng Liyaun who, along with being the wife of President Xi, was a folk singer and popular cultural icon herself.

[Video 14:20 – Prompted, Just Hit Play]


Coming out of this dinner U.S. media spun a narrative that President Trump acquiesced in his tone toward President Xi; and Trump’s opposition framed a narrative of comparative weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Again, watch that video and look at the response from Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyaun. Now contrast that relationship, that visible connection, against the words both grandfathers delivered toward each other.  Then evaluate and overlap the possibilities of hostile action -nuclear ambition- from North Korea.

What you immediately notice is there is an element there that extends beyond transactional geopolitical consequence, and into the realm of the personal.  President Trump has drawn the panda into the clearing within the bamboo forest.  That personal space is where the discussion of terms holds the greatest consequence.

There’s a reason Little Rocket Man has been quiet.

The level of diplomatic and personal respect displayed by President Trump toward the Chinese people and their leader Xi Jinping was pitch perfect.

Those who follow China closely will note a cultural reality that China believes in victory, in all things, as part of their general perspective. Conquest and winning it is in their DNA.

Traditionally and historically if it does not benefit China, it simply is not done. That’s the mindset and approach most outside China fail to understand. The European and American framework of mutually beneficial outcomes does not work in China. It is a zero-sum outlook. However, if an action does benefit China it will most certainly be done; that too is the reality. Therefore negotiation with China involves requests for action, that when taken, also derive the Chinese a benefit.

President Trump established the benefit side of the equation early on in his administration. The benefit is favorable trade outcomes and the subsequent economics. The request toward achieving that outcome is for Xi Jinping to eliminate the threat that is North Korea.

If you have followed the foreign policy pattern of President Trump you immediately recognize he does not restrain himself to DC political customs or DC political norms. Indeed as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi optimistically noted, President Trump can accomplish many things because he brings a unique perspective to the world of policy and diplomatic engagement. Later al-Sisi repeated: “He Can Do The Impossible“.

Additionally since we originally outlined the likely scenario for a restart of the ‘six party talks‘ (China, South Korea, Russia, Japan and the U.S.), on August 13th, there was visible activity providing further evidence toward that end.

•Japan (Shinzo Abe) has stated they have “great confidence” in President Trump’s Asian national security approach. •South Korea (President Moon Jae-in) stated they are “confident there will not be war again on the Korean peninsular“; •and they are willing to send a special envoy to North Korea to begin talks. •In addition, China quietly removed the 71-year-old veteran diplomat, Wu Dawei, from the position of negotiator toward the DPRK, and replaced him with 58-year-old Kong Xuanyou. Kong is a long time Chinese diplomat in charge of Asian affairs and he speaks Korean.

All of this was generally under-reported and took place months before President Trump arrived in Asia; the U.S. media was busy pushing Charlottesville narratives.  More importantly this quiet activity took place while President Trump directed USTR Lighthizer to begin a section 301 trade investigation into China.

President Trump was ramping up the economic pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping, but more specifically Lighthizer’s action was targeting Beijing’s communist old guard who control both their economy and the DPRK behavior ahead of the communist congress.

Remember, China takes no action that does not benefit China:

Yesterday in a release from the State Department:

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Seoul and Jeju from November 14-17 for meetings with the R.O.K. government. Special Representative Yun will also to participate in the Northeast Asia Platform for Peace and Cooperation Conference and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.

Now we watch closely for the appearance of Kong Xuanyou.  After returning from the ASEAN summit, that will be the strongest indication that post-Trump-visit President Xi has won the support of Beijing and will engage in a comprehensive plan toward Kim Jong-un.

There are those who would criticize such a strategy; using economics to achieve national security.  Those voices would prefer China be confronted on the economic issues regardless of North Korea.  However, if you look at the larger plan it’s not an either/or issue.

Under the current strategy visible from President Trump, the only question is the degree of confrontation.  Trump has already established the baseline in the trade confrontation; there will be actual economic loss to the Chinese.   The question, the negotiation, is entirely over the amount.

U.S. taxpayers are either going to spend hundreds of billions, perhaps trillions, to deal with the hostile action of North Korea…. at this point, it’s almost a sunk cost.  Or, we could spend a fraction of that money via a favorable trade outcome to the Chinese in exchange for them dealing with the issue.

Against the visible execution of the Trump Doctrine, in combination with the relationship side of this equation he has established, there’s almost no possibility of the U.S. entering a military confrontation with North Korea now.

Thanks Arabella.

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166 Responses to Arabella’s Gift…

  1. Bendix says:

    Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

    I got that off Wikipedia, but it’s Kipling.

    It’s funny, it came to mind when I was reading Sundance’s article, so I went to look it up to refresh my memory. Then I find it isn’t just the first verse that is totally apropos.
    I’m taking it as a sign.


  2. POP says:

    My view is more cynical.
    “action, that when taken, also derive the Chinese a benefit.” Well yes, but China can only be dealt with via the quote “when you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow”.
    A US attack on Chinese exports of rubbish by tariff or red tape has the potential to cause civil unrest and worse in China. They know that. It has very little to do with singing children.

    Liked by 1 person

    • AndyZep says:

      Of course that is the case Pop, but a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. China already showed that they realize that Trump is a man to be taken seriously with the invite to the forbidden city, the correct response is to accept gracefully. There is a differene between strong and beligerant.

      Liked by 7 people

    • SuperTalk says:

      The idea that China is exporting “Rubbish” to the United States is an outdated one. EVERYTHING is being manufactured in China. India is even withdrawing to compete in manufacturing against them (stupidly I believe).

      The sad fact is that we barely manufacture a GD thing here in the USA any more. The costs are 10-20x higher for every little part that goes into every little device, including paint, labels and screws.

      I’d like to just say “thanks” to the UNIPARTY and business interests that advocated our manufacturing capabilities to leave the US over the past few decades, making it nearly impossible to make anything except Handicrafts on Etsy, and MicroBeers here at home. And btw, half the products on Etsy are Chinese too.

      Want to manufacture in the USA again? HYave the government Subsidize community manufacturing facilities. Plus spend some real money to push our youths towards educations heavy in engineering and skilled trades again. Or we need to quit complaining about “cheap Chinese” goods.


  3. mcclainra says:

    My guess is the MIC/DS/Illuminati would much prefer that there is another war, and that this is not settled ‘peacefully’, period.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. rainmom says:

    mr. trump’s face lit up the room after she finished…he was swelling with pride. so are we, sir.

    Liked by 9 people

  5. trialbytruth says:

    Rush spent some time explaining how China only plays to win. Manynof his word choices seemed quite, how shall we say this, SIMILAR to what you have been outlining about the Panda for over a year.

    He got most of it right but he was a little clumsy with some minor points. I think he needs to reread your analysis a couple more times.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Concerned Virginian says:

    The greetings and singing of the song all in in Chinese by Arabella was perfect in many ways.
    Diplomacy can take place in many ways.
    Does this mean that our POTUS is going to pull a “Reset Button” incident with Mr. Xi Jinping like Hillary tried to do with Mr. Putin? NO.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. backwoodsgirl123 says:

    Mrs. Xi was singing along with Trump’s granddaughter and so were a couple of other people. It was obviously a favorite song among them.

    Liked by 2 people

    • A.g. Mendive says:

      Please, don’t get blinded by special effects. These people execute men, women and children without thinking about it; they are communists. They are playing to us just like we are playing to them and a little theater does not hurt them in the least.


  8. Casual observer says:

    Most of Trumps detractors make the cardinal mistake of confrontation: do not underestimate your opponent. That is how Trump is accomplishing that which he is because his enemies think he is incompetent, then he pulls the rug out from under them.


  9. tonyE says:

    I’m getting really PISSED OFF, MIGHTY PISSED at the Mainstream Propaganda Machine.

    It was one thing to focus on ancillary issues but they have absolutely IGNORED THIS TRIP… and Trump has pretty much laid out the Trump Doctrine…. yet, according to the “media” he didn’t do nuthin’

    I’m just about ready to drop Fox as well. Last night I caught my wife watching OAN on the TV… she finally gave up on our local news shows (Channel 9 in Los Angeles) as I’ve been pointing out for the last year how they manipulated stories. (choosing how to use words).


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