What a Difference Six Months Makes – International Media Discuss Kim Jong-Un Meeting With Xi Jinping…

It was only six months ago when the international media and U.S. left-wing pundits were proclaiming how we were on the cusp of thermonuclear war with North Korea.  As outlined HERE there was almost no-one paying attention to the approach taken by President Donald Trump to creating the “Magnanimous Panda” outcome.

Well, today those same media are reporting on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and committing to a denuclearized Korean peninsular:

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping and reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization during their first summit, the two countries’ media said Wednesday.

The North’s leader made an “unofficial” visit to China from Sunday to Wednesday, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju and key officials, including de facto No. 2 figure Choe Ryong-hae, according to the North’s state-run radio.

It was Kim’s first foreign trip since he took office in late 2011.  The summit came as Kim plans to meet the leaders of South Korea and the United States in the coming months. (read more)

Well, well, well,…. doesn’t this look like the “Magnanimous Panda” outcome previously discussed?

August 2017 […] The end result will be Kim Jong-un giving up his nuclear ambitions for good; a group of nations promising economic assistance (size TBD), and some official enterprise of ASEAN partners enters as an agency to oversee nuclear compliance under carefully negotiated terms. Big Panda (Xi Jinping) promises the world to be the magnanimous insurance policy therein. Everything between now and that outcome is optically chaff and countermeasures.  SEE HERE and HERE

Funny how that works?...

“complicated business folks,…. complicated business”..

…. And likely no-one in media will ever recognize exactly how it all came together.

August 29th, 2017

August 30th, 2017

China’s objective is conquest.  China’s tool for conquest is economics.  President Trump’s entire geopolitical strategy, using economics in a similar way, is an existential threat to China’s endeavor.  Communist Beijing calls the proverbial DPRK shots.

President Trump is putting on a MASSIVE economic squeeze.

♦Squeeze #1. Trump and Mnuchin just sanctioned Venezuela and cut off their access to expanded state owned oil revenue.  Venezuela now needs more money.  China and Russia are already leveraged to the gills in Venezuela and hold 49% of Citgo as collateral for loans outstanding.  Now China and Russia will need to loan more, directly.

♦Squeeze #2.  China’s geopolitical ally, Russia, is already squeezed with losses in energy revenue because of President Trump’s approach toward oil, LNG and coal.  Trump, through allies including Saudi Arabia, EU, France (North Africa energy), and domestic production has driven down energy prices. Meanwhile Russia is bleeding out financially in Syria.  Iran is the financial reserve, but they too are energy price dependent.

♦Squeeze #3. Trump and Tillerson just put Pakistan on notice they need to get involved in bringing their enabled tribal “extremists” (Taliban) to the table in Afghanistan.  Pakistan’s primary investor and economic partner is China.  If U.S. pulls or reduces financial support to pressure Pakistan toward a political solution in Afghanistan, China has to fill void.

♦Squeeze #4. China’s primary economic threat (competition) is next door in India.  President Trump has just embraced India as leverage over China in trade and pledged ongoing favorable trade deals.  The play is MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status might flip from China to India.  That’s a big play.

♦Squeeze #5.  President Trump has launched a USTR Section 301 Trade Investigation into China’s theft of intellectual property.  This encompasses every U.S. entity that does manufacturing business with China, particularly aeronautics and technology, and also reaches into the financial services sector.

♦Squeeze #6.  President Trump, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin and USTR Robert Lighthizer are renegotiating NAFTA.  One of the primary objectives of team U.S.A. is to close the 3rd party loopholes, including dumping and origination, that China uses to gain backdoor access to the U.S. market and avoid trade/tariff restrictions. [China sends parts to Mexico and Canada for assembly and then back-door entry into the U.S. via NAFTA.]

♦Squeeze #7. President Trump has been open, visible and vocal about his intention to shift to bilateral trade renegotiation with China and Southeast Asia immediately after Team U.S.A. conclude with NAFTA renegotiation.

♦Squeeze #8.  President Trump has positioned ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as trade benefactors for assistance with North Korea. The relationship between ASEAN nations and the Trump administration is very strong, and getting stronger. Which leads to…

♦Squeeze #9.  President Trump has formed an economic and national security alliance with Shinzo Abe of Japan.   It is not accidental that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un fired his missile over the Northern part of Japan.  Quite simply, Beijing told him to.

Add all of this up and you can see the cumulative impact of President Trump’s geopolitical economic strategy toward China.  The best part of all of it – is the likelihood China never saw it, meaning the sum totality of “all of it”, coming.

Six Months Later – This week:  •India announces $500 million investment in U.S. steelworks.  •USTR finalizes section 301 report on Chinese trade practices.  •The U.S. and South Korea sign historic renegotiated “KORUS” trade deal.  •President Trump handing out Steel and Aluminum tariff exemption cards…..  And, oh yeah, North Korea tells China it agrees to a full reversal of nuclear ambitions.

Funny that.

 

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320 Responses to What a Difference Six Months Makes – International Media Discuss Kim Jong-Un Meeting With Xi Jinping…

  1. NvMtnOldMan says:

    If a deal is reached the msm will of course credit it all to rocketman, and not Trump.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Some Old Guy says:

      Disagree. They’ll attribute it to the clever policies of their god-man, Barack the great.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Steven says:

      VSGP Trump does not care for a credit. He only wants the best for us Americans, and denuclearizing Korean peninsula is one of gravest matters for our national security. Anyone taking a credit for this does not matter to Trump, as long as we are safe.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      I give all the credit to SD, the HELL with the MSM!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Pegm says:

    I’m in the barely trust and definitely verify on this one.

    Liked by 11 people

  3. New Nonna to be Again!!! says:

    I want to believe that although, as Sundance said, ‘and likely, no one in media will ever recognize how it all came together’, HISTORY will. We are living in most interesting times.

    Thank You, God! For Your Hand in allowing/ordaining that Donald J Trump become 45th President of these United States of America.

    God bless our mighty President.

    Mr President, thank you for your leadership and faith in God above.

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  4. Ospreyzone says:

    Little Rocket Man probably did not choose to meet with Xi, he was likely summoned. Kim is about to meet with PDJT and he is ill-prepared. Worse yet, he doesn’t even realize how out-matched he is in that impending meeting. Xi however, is well aware of this gap and is keenly interested in seeing that little Kim doesn’t negotiate away the farm, so to speak.

    Dear Leader is currently being be coached and counseled. When he leaves from China, he will be able to recite the goals of the Panda and will have no will to stray from articulating them while at the table with Trump. When Xi wants Kim’s thoughts on diplomacy, …Xi will provide them to him.

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  5. Rex70 says:

    Everything about this foreign policy situation makes me proudly smirk…the gross underestimation of Trump that was and continues to be done by the MSM, RINOs and NeverTrumpers–but nothing makes me laugh more than the Chinese New Year depiction of DJT as the flaming chicken, meant to be an honorable symbol of the man. Haters foolishly seized on it, but in the part of the world where that symbol actually has meaning, it is awesome. Some folks are wise enough to know what a President America currently has, that point of view being borne out before everyone.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I loved that meme. It was beautifully adopted by those who were following Trump’s game plan, while the haters stood slack-jawed, knowing they had just given us another “deplorables” moment. LOL. Good times!

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  6. Garavaglia says:

    The “Dotard” harnesses our strengths despite the wicked MSM’s efforts to block his successes. VSG. If KIm and Xi try to get cute…Trump’s margin of success will be even greater.

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  7. thomaspain1961 says:

    “Saving face” is a highly regarded concept in many Asian cultures. I am delighted Team Trump is smart enough to recognize this.

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  8. Mho, President Trump has an ego without a doubt. He also is a humble person and a lot of times when he is at his best he will not seek the credit he deserves. I see this when he uses his aircraft to fly people in need and says nothing in public that I know of about this stuff. Same about giving up his pay as President. I think he ran for President because he wants to help people but his children and all children is why he is doing this. Also he loves doing this crap.

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    • lokiscout says:

      I keep telling my Grandkids, “It isn’t ego if you can back it up. It’s your resume some have a fuller resume than others.” I voted for Mr (now President) Trump because I believed in his resume. He hasn’t disappointed me yet.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “I think he ran for President because he wants to help people but his children and all children is why he is doing this.”

      Yes, a friend of mine (experienced in running for office himself) had dinner with DJT at Trump Tower back in 1995. The friend asked him why he wanted to subject himself to the brutal “blood sport” of politics. His reply was that he was doing it for the children and the grandchildren. He was given an opportunity because of his blessings in life to be in a position to try and make a difference, so that is why he went for it. The friend threw his backing behind DJT 100%.

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      • pyromancer76 says:

        I have always figured that Donald J. Trump ran for President for the children everywhere — and not only American children. He loves his own children and grandchildren dearly and requires great efforts from them. He probably had nightmares as he watched the marxist-criminal-(globalist)-cabal nightmare spread over America.

        He is fighting for his children and grandchildren — and that means for all of ours, too. He is fighting for the way he learned to do business to continue, too. The successes so far are huge. No one but President Trump could have MAGAed like this.

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  9. Kerry Gimbel says:

    Yes. And this is why we don’t jump off the train because we were disappointed with the omnibus. This president has and still accomplishes so much. I for one know that for every possible set back, he moves as forward five times more. Great president!

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    • mostlyogauge says:

      The omnibus was NOT a setback. If it was, by now there would have been no end to the crowing interviews with Chuck U, Pelosi, and all the rest of the usual suspects on how they rolled the President, he is an amateur, he does not know what he is doing, the West Wing is in chaos, blah, blah, blah ad nauseum. But, what have we heard? Crickets. Nada, Zip. Zero. I say a prayer every day thanking the Good Lord above for our 45. And Sundance. And this site. And for all the Treepers.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Orygun says:

        I actually read the omnibus yesterday and it is interesting reading. In one section it prohibits the use for something and right below it is put right back in. Me thinks it was tinkered with in the final draft and then rushed through. When President Trump said no one has read it he was right. He who laughs last laughs best!

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        • lokiscout says:

          “I read contracts for bedtime stories!” President Trump during the campaign.

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        • NC PATRIOT says:

          I read where Paul Ryan removed all those “you can’t build a massive wall–only fencing”etc
          in one section, using some Majority Leader rule—that if the bill was voted on by both chambers, then the change would stand. I think he was the one who changed it which is why he went rushing to the WH that Friday begging P45 not to veto it.

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      • LafnH2O says:

        Amen

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    • lokiscout says:

      Fighting the omnibus would waste too much time and energy. He got half of what he wanted with possible strings attached to much of the other half, time will tell. In this life one has to learn which battles to fight and which to avoid. Much the same as MacArthur and Nimitz “Island hopping” in WWII Pacific Theater. When the war is won those remaining on the bypassed islands will be irrelevant.

      With North Korea and Iran no longer threatening world peace. The US economy again in full bloom and more reciprocal trading rules in place with our trading partners, whatever was left on the omnibus trading table will be soon forgotten.

      “You have to break some eggs to make an omelet!”

      A master negotiator knows which gambets to press and which to ignore. Mr Trump wrote the book on negotiations. Truly fascinating to watch the The Master in action.

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  10. Donzo says:

    I hope Kimmy likes cold duck.
    Denuclearization leaves Kim a country in tatters without a liferaft. It’s possible he can get temporary relief (for that bad case of indigestion in Beijing), but capital for rebuilding won’t come without reunification. If PDT succeeds as now appears likely, Kim will have no choice other than to become the great savior of a united Korea.

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    • Angry Dumbo says:

      Donzo you nail it. Re-unification is the only off ramp here. PDJT will get no more credit than Reagan does for winning the cold war without firing a shot. PDJT is making the world safer and more prosperous. The exact opposite of what Obama and the globalists want.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Part of the deal for de militarization of the Korean Peninsula will be an economic “Marshall Plan” probably led by the Asian Development Bank. Like China’s economic Great Leap Forward of the last twenty years, the NORKs will be forced away from hard line Stalinist Communism, and will have to embrace the market driven Communism as practiced by Beijing and Hanoi. The NORKs need to spread the wealth within the country or any economic gains will be short lived. Xi’s message to Kim was will help you to transition to a market based economy if you give up the bomb and needless saber rattling.

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      • gda says:

        I’ve seen commentators suggesting that NK/China will try to model this somewhat along the lines of the English exit from Hong Kong. The devil will be in the details, but we can be sure that our VSG and Fantastic Mr. Fox (aka the Mustache) will not be deflected from achieving OUR ultimate goal.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I don’t see a united Korea at this time, that’s a major no-no for China as China has said it won’;t stand for what it sees as a US client state on its border.
      SK had a joint manufacturing center set up with the North until this latest dustup, and China could mlove some manufacturing to NK to bring it some economic stability. China, and otherAsian nations, already have thousands of NK workers on-loan (thery’re cheap) so it wouldn’t be a far step to relocate some businesses there. If I were Xi I’d be looking at something like bulking up NK’s fishing fleet, using NK fishing boats as intel as well as fish gathering instruments. There’s also that ability for China to poke NK to launch another ‘satellite’ over Japanese airspace…

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    • cozette says:

      Donzo NK has vast rare metal resources. They have the potential to be very rich.

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  11. Katefelinus says:

    First a meeting with S. Korea, then China, next USA. This is historical-never would’ve happened without President Trump and his leadership.

    It’s becoming clearer each day why the President signed the omnibus bill. A government shutdown would have made the USA look weak and in full chaos mode. Too much is at stake worldwide and DJT knows it. We need a strong defense and economy to win on the global chess board.

    Thanks, Sundance, as always your work is detailed, well-researched, and elucidative. You’re awesome!

    Liked by 8 people

  12. Alonzo says:

    We are seeing the results of a GENIUS in the WH.
    MAGA
    KAG
    BTW: I love my President, how bout you?

    Liked by 4 people

  13. wolfmoon1776 says:

    I love that the pictures of Rex Tillerson are still in the mix. T. Rex deserves an enormous amount of credit here. He remains one of those Boy Scout leaders I will always look up to, and whose departing words were straight from the Boy Scout manual – “Do a good turn daily” – but in Washingtonese. I understand that Trump needs to move new pieces now – the game changes BIGLY – but we need to think back on all that was accomplished, thanks to Rex.

    I think it’s very sad that the Democrats and “pre-Gorsuch NeverTrump” opponents of Trump would not allow the changes in US-Russia relations that were likely possible with Rex in place, or if Tillerson would have been allowed to conduct foreign policy in ways he wanted to, but that is just the reality of Washington. People could not grasp Trump’s vision, nor did they trust his skills. Still, I think Tillerson did enormous good by keeping “CNN” from turning Syria into another Iraq, and by acting as a stabilizing force in our foreign policy – avoiding both war and chump status in several areas of conflict. I will always think he was one of our best Secretaries of State ever. He made it look easy, and I remember how much WORK ETHIC he brought to the job, never showboating, but instead getting Trump’s program to STICK where it seemed impossible.

    So big thanks to REX TILLERSON for this result.

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    • G. Combs says:

      I will agree with you on T-Rex. He was the right man at the right time and I could SPIT because the DemonRats made it so hard for a decent agreement between the USA and Russia. 😠

      Liked by 1 person

    • lokiscout says:

      TREX’s strength was primarily the Mid-East. No doubt he was key in arranging the Dubai sumet and success of President Trump’s Mid-East trip. I agree that without all the DC and MSM backstabbing he could have been helpful with Russia where he again has historical dealings.

      I believe with all the BS kicked up by the opposition re “Russia collusion” that Russia has been reprioritized temporarily (at least officially) while the focus is concentrated on trade, economy, Mid-East, North Korea/Asia, NAFTA, etc. Different problems sometimes require different skill sets. TRex did us proud and now on to the next problem and Mr Palmpaio. I am sure Mr Tillerson isn’t going anywhere and can/will be called upon should the need arise for his advice and specific skills.

      Remember Iran still lumes in front of us and don’t be at all suprised to see or hear rumors of a Rex Tillerson involvement once the big guns are trained on that target.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Could not agree with you more, Wolf. Rex Tillerson was one of the best yet. But working with the EU against Pres Trump’s plans for Iran and the JCPOA was unforgivable, imo, not to mention inherently stupid.

      One cannot help but wonder, though, if the real T-Rex-moving-force at the State Dept is not still at State.
      Heather Nauert. Ever watch that lady in action? Nauert takes no guff from anyone, least of all the insufferable DOS press, especially Matt Lee. Andrea Mitchell, the Palestinian guy, and the horrid CN&N babe, who puts Jim Acosta to shame.

      Nauert’s support for Pres Trump and the Trump Administration is unshakeable.

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    • Agree, Wolf. TRex was one of the best cabinet picks I’ve ever seen. After his first speech to the State Dept. staff people, my first thought was, “He turned a cold roomful of Lefty enemies into totally devoted supporters.”

      And I never got the story about how he scored Heather Nauert as his press secretay! She deod and does a fantastic job, filling is as one of the best for him, and assuming she is still staying on, she’ll continue to be the best BIGLY!

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    • kekelaward says:

      Yeah, I really like that guy. I hope he’s doing something on the down low for the President.

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  14. Donzo says:

    The NORKs sit on what is estimated to be around $10 trillion worth of rare earth metals, resources that largely go untapped due to international sanctions and the resultant lack of extraction capacity. With the ultimate deal in the offing expect, methinks there’s gold in them there hills. Nothing a little foreign investment can’t cure under the right circumstances. I doubt our own fearless leader wants all that to go to Red Dragon.

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  15. Zippy says:

    If anyone thinks that KJU is going to give up his successfully designed and tested THERMOnuclear weapons (H-bombs) which are much more difficult to design than the much easier to create and far less powerful nuclear weapons (A-bombs) now that he has them, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

    He’s seen what happened to both Saddam and Gaddafi when they gave up their nuclear programs and any preemptive strike on NK would have terrible consequences on SK, unlike the lack of a similar threat to countries bordering Iraq and Libya, so he knows a preemptive strike from the US is out of the question. The only major threat to his survival is his own oligarchy. PERHAPS that is showing signs to him of being dangerous and a deal with China can somehow provide protection from or amelioration of such a threat.

    Anyway, since I have read that NK missile designs are far more than coincidentally very similar to Iranian missile designs, I have little doubt that NK has acted as Iran’s nuclear weapons and missile development lab doing things Iran wouldn’t dare do. Therefore, I also don’t doubt that Iran has NK’s thermonuclear weapon design in hand.

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    • gda says:

      Well you may be right, but I rather suspect that while NK may have tested a crude H-bomb, there has been a lot of posturing, much like Saddam. I wonder, given the unfortunate “accidental” collapse of the nuclear site, whether Kim has many (any?) nuclear engineers left to manufacture another H-bomb. So what he may have is a bunch of (undeliverable) A-bombs and a dearth of nuclear engineers. Plus a bankrupt country and ever-tightening sanctions.

      Neither Iraq, Syria nor Libya had a friendly Big Panda on their border, which means this is an entirely different situation compared to those benighted s-hole countries. China is a pretty hefty Big Brother to have on your side, and means that the US cannot just bully NK at our whim.

      It will be interesting to see how the Iranians cope with the likely loss of their supplier. Especially with the Iran deal’s seeming disintegration (renegotiation?). And the unrest at home. We can be sure that the Saudis and the GCC will leverage any weakness there.

      Interesting times indeed.

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      • mike says:

        No Korea’s “H bomb” was probably a boosted fission bomb that uses tritium or lithium-6 in the fission bomb’s design to make and use more neutrons, that fissions more U235 or even U238.

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      • yy4u says:

        ‘Neither Iraq, Syria nor Libya had a friendly Big Panda on their border, which means this is an entirely different situation compared to those benighted s-hole countries. China is a pretty hefty Big Brother to have on your side, and means that the US cannot just bully NK at our whim.”

        Iraq was taken down by a Globalist president whose strings were pulled by neocons and/or globalists heavily invested in the military industrial complex. Syria and Libya were taken out (as Egypt nearly was) by an Islamist supporting president. This time we have a president who just wants what’s best for America and the world.

        He will not do the bidding of the donors who own stock in bombs and bullets (none of whom supported him anyway) nor the neocons (the Never Trumpers who probably are one in the same with the donors). Nor is he interested in paying back White Christianity for perceived slights against “the oppressed” which includes anyone who isn’t a white Christian male.

        What he WILL do is the best he can for –in order of importance – America, the world, China and North Korea – hopefully a win-win for all of us/them. Xi is smart. He’s playing the long game. He knows America changes policies with every election and if he can out wait Donald Trump he just might be lucky enough to get another Barack Obama (Kamala Harris) or George Bush (Marco Rubio) in office, and then he can continue on with his grand plan of dominance over Asia.

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        • lokiscout says:

          Your last paragraph is my biggest fear. Remember post Reagan and the damage done by the Bushes including the Bush (“brother from another mother) Clinton. Pence can’t continue the Trump Legace. It would be like Bush-I following Reagan.

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      I’d be guessing but I doubt there isn’t a country in the world that doesn’t have a proven and tested design for a nuke tucked away somewhere. Blueprints to warhead is a huge leap.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Well, Zippy, what do you s’pose China will say when the Section 337 Trade investigations are made known?
      Section 337 is the one dealing with Intellectual Property (IP) theft. Yup, that is what is prob coming next. The U.S. has been winning those cases in GATT and WTO courts for a while now.

      Think NoKo will give up the nukes then?

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  16. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Trump is smart. He knows he has got to set in place, quickly, a foundation for the U.S. to sustain itself in the future.

    All the leaders he’s dealing with do not have the issue of being limited to 4 or 8 years in office (China, NK, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Turkey, etc.).

    Therefore, their game is to abide their time and stall and talk and negotiate and stall and talk and negotiate.

    Time is short to get his agenda done. Trump knows it. Expect his pace of dealing with these issues/problems to accelerate.

    Get In, Sit Down, Buckle Up, And Hang On. Going to be an exciting and sometimes bumpy ride!

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  17. czarowniczy says:

    Geez, China is NK’s controller – whoda thunk it? NK launches missiles over Japan as a Chinese surrogate (like the one they did in 2009 just for the POtuS) – whoda thunk it?
    I’m waiting to see if China has agreed to extend its nuclear umbrella over NK as part of any de-nuke deal, like the US does with its surrogate Japan. No one in the area wants to see a glowing, molten NK (Japan says it will get back with me on that one) and China doesn’t want to see either a US or Russian client-state NK on its border so it’s in China’s best interests to rein the Dear Nutjob in.
    That said, I expect to see NK and China thru NK to continue to use NK as a conduit to export banned technologies and equipment. To do so fits their strategic and economic needs.

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  18. bkrg2 says:

    Had to listen to co workers all day yesterday complaining Trump is going to start world war 3. These are professionals with MBA education.
    All the proof one needs that education does not guarantee intelligence.

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    • lokiscout says:

      Who says an MBA equals an “education”? About as far removed from world politics as you can get.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Had to listen to co workers all day yesterday complaining Trump is going to start world war 3.”

      Bring a bottle of kelp tablets to work and keep them on your desk. If anyone brings that subject up, offer them some.

      Kelp is high in iodine. After a radiation event, it is important to keep “good iodine” in the body to prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine. (This is especially important in children and women of child bearing age)

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    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      Knowledge and wisdom are not the same things.

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  19. Justice Warrior says:

    Loving the brilliance of our President, it is truly amazing! It’s also great to be with fellow patriots who love our country here at the tree house, who are positive and brilliant in their own way! It’s encouraging that you haven’t checked your brains at the door. Helps me to keep hope for our country!

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  20. fleporeblog says:

    I have been saying for close a year that not only will our President get North Korea to denuclearize but he will go the extra mile and end the Korean War! No President since Dwight Eisenhower was able to get that accomplished!

    https://wordpress.com/post/fleporeblog.wordpress.com/534

    From the article linked above:

    We will see those steps shortly and our President will be going into the history books as the man that ended the 64 year old Korean War.

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  21. tgmccoy says:

    Kimmie in those pictures looks like a Pot Belly Pig that is trying to pass a peach pit.
    His wife or sister (sister, I think) looks happy.
    Hmmm…
    “The fatal glass of Beer/Cognac?”

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  22. Anticipate that the CHINA DEAL will come LAST.
    • After NAFTA termination closes their tariff-avoidance back door to America.
    • After INDIA displaces China as America’s MFN trading partner.
    • After Japan and ASEAN partners sign bilateral deals to displace imports from China.
    • After the EU incurs economic losses from RECIPROCAL Tariffs.
    • After North Korea COMPLETES De-Nuclearization with the above partners to monitor compliance.
    • After China submits an acceptable single-year plan to cut $100 billion from America’s China Trade Deficit… and meets its first quarterly milestone.

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    • Why would America agree to ANYTHING before China feels the effects of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum and Sanctions/Tariffs for Theft of Intellectual Property?

      Why not FIRST DEMONSTRATE that America can and will displace imports from China?

      Why not FIRST REQUIRE that China PROVE it has COMPLIED with commitments to cut our Trade Deficit, honor Intellectual Property and De-Nuclearize North Korea?

      … Not to mention ABANDONING AGGRESSION:
      • Encroachment into others’ territorial waters
      • Multiplying military bases to threaten America’s allies

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      • beigun says:

        What about Japan?

        The US has around 20 years of trade deficits with China, but over 60 years with Japan.

        About 30% of both China and Mexico’s exports to the USA are connected to Japan..assembled in China and Mexico to reduce the Japanese trade surplus with the US. Mexicans and bike-riding Chinese did not just “poof” start manufacturing on their own for export to the USA.

        The US has an Asian trade problem…Korea has agreed to a new FTA, and China will negotiate with Trump. Japan? Different story.

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  23. Scout says:

    It’s simple, the survival of the Chinese “Communist Party” (sic) elite depends on Chinese trade and technological theft from the US. The Chinese need that to continue. 200 million new bright light Chinese city dwellers will not accept return to the village as rural subsistence dwellers.

    What sort of shameful industrial security “allowed” Chine to reproduce US military hardware?

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  24. jello333 says:

    I have a close relative who was totally against Trump during the campaign. She wasn’t in love with Hillary, but thought that Trump would be a big mistake. One thing she said to me was, “But he’s just a businessman!” I said, “And why is that a bad thing? It’s not, it’s great… especially since even though he’s not a politician he still knows politics inside and out.” Now, after seeing what Trump has been able to pull off in his first year, while she’s still not in love with him, she’s at least starting to admit that he knows what he’s doing. 😉

    (Hey, nothing to do with anything, but… in that 2nd picture above, I would have NEVER expected Kim’s wife to look like that.)

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  25. beigun says:

    Grand Bargain between Great Powers.  Perhaps Xi and Trump can do it.

    After the deal has been made, and approved by the UN to ensure that it is enforced, then the nuke/troop reduction and economic development can commence. Remember, the UN only really went to war one time…in Korea. Time to end it and the UN Command there.

    The long pole in the tent is not China, America, Japan or Russia, but implementing a reunification of Korea in an incremental pace that is agreeable with both Seoul and Pyongyang. 

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  26. B Hyman says:

    sundance – you’re the best – thank you MAGA BABY

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  27. TMonroe says:

    “And likely no-one in media will ever recognize exactly how it all came together.”

    Those who would publish it if they ever recognize it are certainly few and far between.

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