Second Time: President Trump Removes DPRK Panda Mask to Expose Red Dragon Influence….

It was ABSOLUTELY NOT coincidental that China sent a low level trade delegation to the U.S. at exactly the same time U.S.T.R. Lighthizer is conducting open hearings on Section 301 national security trade issues; which are specifically targeted toward China.

For the second time POTUS is using strategic deployment of sunlight on the relationship between Beijing and North Korea. President Trump is highlighting what has been hidden for decades.  China has structured the use of North Korean nuclear ambitions as the sword of Damocles over their economic adversaries in the West. China’s Chairman Xi Jinping controls the government officials that surround North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un:

(Tweet Links)

These tweets, along with the earlier tweet. are serious business.  They are being fired directly into the heart of Beijing.  They are the mother of all truth bombs, and they take away the ability of Chairman Xi to deploy the hidden threat and DPRK control.

Subtle” like a brick through a window. [More backstory available here.]  President Trump is removing the Panda mask to reveal the authentic nature of Chairman Xi Jinping.  Simultaneously Trump is trying to rescue Kim Jong-un from the clutches of the Red dragon behind the panda mask.

Until there is an empirical or factual reason to counter what seems like an obvious geopolitical strategy, we should consider all events through the prism that the primary leadership within the DPRK, the officials controlling Kim, are under the control of China.

The trade confrontation is China’s biggest geopolitical risk. The primary weapon China holds toward demanding terms from the U.S. would be their ability to change the dynamic in North Korea at any given moment. From this frame-of-reference things begin to make more sense.

On the surface it appears the U.S. is negotiating terms for a denuclearized North Korea; however, under the surface the bigger issue is the ongoing economic confrontation between the U.S. and China. The DPRK is Red Dragon leverage.

Consider that Chairman Kim was/is likely put into power not as a linear out-cropping of his familial relationship, but more as a strategy of ongoing Chinese duplicity. Kim Jong-un was seen as easier to control.  Consider the possibility that all of the DPRK officials who carry out the objectives of the ruling North Korean government are factually operating according to the dictates of the hidden Chinese authority.

Within this dynamic Chairman Kim received the scorn of the international community; but was -in reality- merely a figurehead, a false panda face – hiding the true authority behind all of the DPRK policy, and a designed strategy constructed by China.

Consider that by confronting the economic interests of China, President Trump fractured the decades-long ruse, and is now positioned to expose the nature of the Chinese ruling authority within North Korea.   This becomes a stunning paradigm shift; a reality that few could possibly fathom, unless you consider the cunning of Beijing.

Under this scenario, it is adverse to the interest of China for a united, open and democratic Korean peninsula where the North and South are together again.  It would be particularly adverse to Xi’s interests if the U.S., Japan and a united Korea formed any substantive  international alliance.

The best play for China would be to control the outcomes of any unification and position China as the control agent for any united Korea.  This would be critically important if, as I am now increasingly confident, North Korea was/is actually a proxy province of China and has been for decades under the complete -albeit hidden- rule of the Chinese authority.

Under this scenario, Chairman Xi has to play a very careful game of geopolitical cunning; and if at any moment he sees Chairman Kim accepting the rescue of President Trump, Xi will likely move to eliminate Kim and defend his interests quickly.

Imagine the internal stress upon the young Kim Jong-un who has been forced to ride this dragon for almost a decade, and knows his government is not actually his government but rather a governing body with all officials reporting to Beijing.

Imagine you are the next-door-neighbor to an abused child who lives inside the palace of the abuser.  The abuse has been psychological and manipulative upon this child for decades. How do you rescue him?  Additionally, how do you rescue him when the ultimate abuser is the king of all communities, governments, political and legal systems in/around the palace?… and only you know the nature of the dynamic…. (link)

If our overall operating thesis is correct, these are very tenuous times.  Communist China will not give up on a decades-long grand design for economic conquest.  President Trump is confronting that Chinese strategy head-on.

Each time China takes aggressive action (red dragon) China projects a panda face through silence and non-response to opinion of that action;…. and the action continues. The red dragon has a tendency to say one necessary thing publicly, while manipulating another necessary thing privately.  The Art of War.

President Trump is the first U.S. President to understand how the red dragon hides behind the panda mask.

It is specifically because he understands that Panda is a mask that President Trump messages warmth toward the Chinese people, and pours vociferous praise upon Chairman Xi Jinping, while simultaneously confronting the geopolitical doctrine of the Xi regime.

In essence Trump is mirroring the behavior of China while confronting their economic duplicity.

President Trump is putting on a MASSIVE economic squeeze.

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

However, China cannot engage in economic commerce with Venezuela or they risk losing access to the U.S. banking system.  Therefore all current Chinese aid to Maduro comes in the form of IOUs.  These ongoing loans are likely impossible to be repaid.

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 influenced global energy prices.  Additionally, President Trump is demanding NATO countries, specifically Germany, stop supporting financial dependence on Russia.

Meanwhile, and directly connected, Russia is bleeding out financially in Syria. Iran is the financial reserve, but they too are energy price dependent and President Trump is now putting pressure on Iran vis-a-vis new sanctions and new demands on allies.

Squeeze #3. In 2017 Trump and Secretary Tillerson, now Secretary Pompeo, 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. The U.S. removed $900 million in financial support to pressure Pakistan toward a political solution in Afghanistan, China has to fill void.  [NOTE: Last month the World Bank began discussions about a financial bailout for Pakistan.]  Again, more one-way bleed for China.

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

Squeeze #5. President Trump 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.

In March of 2018 U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer completed a section 301 review of China’s trade practices.  [SEE HERE] Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974 authorizes the President to take all appropriate action, including retaliation, to obtain the removal of any act, policy, or practice of a foreign government that violates an international trade agreement or is unjustified, unreasonable, or discriminatory, and that burdens or restricts U.S. commerce.  However, as talks with China progressed, President Trump shelved the 301 action to see where negotiations would end-up. The May and June, 2018, negotiations between the U.S. and China provided no progress.  The 301 review of China was pulled back off the shelf, and President Trump assembles his trade-war strategy.  The 301 tariffs/sanctions are currently being worked out with U.S.T.R Robert Lighthizer.

Squeeze #6. President Trump, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin and USTR Robert Lighthizer are dissolving NAFTA in favor of two bilateral agreements; one with Mexico and one with Canada.  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. concludes with NAFTA. [Current discussions with Japan are ongoing]

Squeeze #8. President Trump positioned the U.S. relationship with the E.U. as a massive potential loss for Europe (via Steel, Aluminum, and Auto tariffs) if they did not: (A) shift their trade relationship toward greater reciprocity; and (B) reconsider the size of their trade relationship with China.  After initially trying to push-back, Europe acquiesced.

Squeeze #9. President Trump has positioned ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as trade benefactors for assistance with North Korea. Last year the KORUS (South Korea and U.S.) trade deal was renegotiated, and announced in March. The relationship between ASEAN nations and the Trump administration is very strong, and getting stronger. Which leads to…

Squeeze #10. 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 last missile over the Northern part of Japan. Quite simply, Beijing told him to.  However…

Squeeze #11. President Trump cut-off the duplicitous Beijing influence over North Korea by engaging directly with Kim Jong-un.  The open exchange and ongoing dialogue has removed much of the ability of Beijing to leverage the DPRK nuclear threat for their own economic benefit.  This dialogue was as much, if not more, about dismantling the Beijing geopolitical influence as it was about denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.  However, no-one caught on to that part of the strategy.

 

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165 Responses to Second Time: President Trump Removes DPRK Panda Mask to Expose Red Dragon Influence….

  1. Howie says:

    Amazing. He may end up taking over the Norks if the Chi Coms do not take Kim out.

    Liked by 13 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      When Trump comes to the table and offers a fair, good deal – TAKE IT. You try to make him the chump, you will end up being the KING OF CHUMPS.

      Liked by 19 people

    • Adam says:

      The only way to save kim is to expose the abuser. The international community needs to know who is pulling North Koreas strings. You cannot help kim, you need to let everyone know who is telling him what to do and why they are doing it. This is exactly what MY MAN PDJT is doing! Make Common Sense Great Again!

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      • Jan says:

        Caution: Kim Jong-un is a vicious murderering thug. So I don’t care about “saving” him. And I’m sure Pres. XI has blood on his hands so I don’t worry about him either. We have to de-nuclearize N. Korea, Iran & whoever else is going to stick the nuclear target over our country or our allies. If we “release” Kim Jong un from his “prison” and make him a better human being, then great. Generally, short little guys, especially attorneys & mass murderers, are always going to be “pissants” so it’s extremely hard to rescue them from themselves. No matter how much Kim might want to be free of China, China controls his every move, so until we negotiate our way thru the maze that is China (who thunders “war” in the background), put on your seat belt ’cause it’s going to get worse before it gets better. If, by the way IMHO, the Dimms impeach Pres. Trump before or after the mid-terms, You will no longer have to go to places that are s**t-hole countries because…. we will vastly resemble one.

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    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      Never forget. THE CHINESE OWN A LOT OF AMERICAN POLITICIANS. They have had the Clintons in their pockets since the Walmart/Arkansas days. And the Private Server at the Clinton’s home was no accident.
      FBI refuse to investigate/connect the dots on the Canadian/Chinese/Clinton conduit.

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  2. Minnie says:

    M🇺🇸A🇺🇸G🇺🇸A Onward!

    In case anyone was unclear 😁

    Thank you, Mr. President

    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🦁

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  3. Redhotsnowman says:

    Difficult business folks.

    Liked by 17 people

    • Bugsdaddy says:

      Not really. My fourteen year old son gets it. But all the pundits and experts don’t. Honestly, he came to me and told me what the President was doing. I don’t talk about it with him, if there isn’t a ball of some sort involved he doesn’t care about it.

      Ok maybe I just answered the question! It’s the lack of common sense that makes it difficult. Oh crap! And he can tell you all of Dennis Rodman’s stats…….hmmmmmm

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      • Jan says:

        I don’t have any kids, Bugsdaddy, but he seems to be a keeper. Kudos to you and your 14-yr. old!! Maybe people like you should be teaching kids instead of the village idiots we now call teachers and professors.

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  4. wjb105 says:

    Mr. Kim could be playing the puppet. He did kill a lot of the old guard. Seems to me he’s trying to do all kinds of nice things and meanwhile remain a nuclear power. If enemies act nice, western (liberal) leaders tend to stop pushing for the end game and close their eyes for reality. If so, Mr. Kim is another leader who didn’t take time to learn some basics about PDJT.
    The odd thing in Singapore was that the delegates were working hard and Mr. Kim went sight seeing. Didn’t seem to care.

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    • Dutchman says:

      We don’t know what we don’t know, which is a great quote, regardless of how you feel about Rumsfelt.

      If Sundance theory is correct, imagine being kim; ORDERED to attend exhibition, where his ‘traitorous’generals are strapped to front of AA guns, and obliterated.

      ORDERED to attend, to watch his uncle eaten alive by dogs. And, ordered to smile, and look pleased, or “your family will be next, and then you!

      Someone posted a picture of kim, allegedly with his family. That, along with Sundances articles, has me believing it may well be true that basically the whole of N. Korea is being held hostage.

      I would say, to EXPOSE this, to the world, that EVERYTHING NORMS are doing is really being done by China, would be ‘ripping’ the Panda mask off.

      All VSG is doing, is pulling on a corner.
      If world community were forced to admit that this is what’s really going on, the whole idea of engaging in trade with such a brutal regime, in the hopes of modifying their behavior, would go up in smoke.

      China is, ultimately financing the,resistance, and hoping for an impeachment, because that’s the ONLY way out for them.

      ALL the big ugly, and muletrain b.s.,, is to protect corruptocrats who are in bed with China.

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      • Jake says:

        I think you nailed it..

        Liked by 4 people

      • Jedi9 says:

        Your correct in your analysis but you are only scratching the surface in regards to China’s strategy! The word “Globalism “ practically originated with China’s economic rise as mentioned in many references that their dependency on importing raw materials and IP theft is central to both their survival and future conquest! China has every western country tied to its economy so as you say pulling the sheet off the duplicit nature of China’s control over DPRK and the Kim regime and having the world communities admonishment would have staying effect to expose China for what they are! Given the fact of these economic incestuous and treasonous relations that western countries have with China, most are doing their part in staying quiet while China is being exposed! From the EU, to NAFTA all the way to Africa and Oceania, China clearly has Globalism within its clutches and is playing a very long game! Trumps moves with the EU, Australia’s PM stepping down and the renegotiated terms with NAFTA are preemptive strategies designed to target China and Globalism and are carefully being mapped out to be effective over a longer period of time! We won’t see the fruits of this strategy for a few years and so this will continue. Remember what the US is asking from China in the stalled trade talks, requires wholesale reforms within mainland China’s communist party, and for now that is not going to happen!

        The key phrase in Trumps tweet is very telling:

        “most likely after our trading relationship with China is resolved”

        This means that it will never get resolved and we are most likely to be diminishing our trade volumes with China as Tariffs and more tariffs go into place! The other formula in this equation and probably the most important in order to defeat China economically, is weening the American consumer off of Chinese cheap made goods and more on American made! The more this happens the more we Americans become less dependent on China overall! Which means more leverage! That is how Trump thinks, it’s all about leverage!

        The second most important formula is protecting our tech and rooting out the corruption in DC! This in turn will have a two fold effect in not only getting rid of plutocrats who have been selling out to the ChICOMS, but will also expose the spying operatives within the country itself where a new form of McCarthyism will be taking place to insure that China’s influences and IP theft is shown the sunlight of day thus making it more risky for them to continue unabated! As more Americans go back to work and actually start prospering where quality of life is available for all, so too does the rise of Patriotism will take effect making it more difficult for not only corporations to commit corporate treason, but employees who will be wanting to sell their souls to the highest bidder!

        Time is the most important element in all this, and a strict and committed vigilance is required when dealing with China and winning the economic war! China is not going to quit, nor give up their invested lobbying power in DC, which in the long run is crucial in addressing what threatens the US’s Long term survival not only in the mid-terms but future elections as well!

        Welcome to the long game! Every election counts! Every MAGA election victory means one more victory that brings MAGA closer towards it’s ultimate stated goal!

        Eyes on the prize! Eyes on the prize!

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        • hellinahandbasket says:

          @Jedi9
          By the very definition of “globalism”, China is the polar-opposite of the word. IMO China wants nothing to do with globalism, as they do not align with what it represents, as they have no desire to become one-with-the-world, to have their nation and its people care for the world, share with the world, gain EQUAL power with all other globalist nations (global = one). In essence, globalism relies on recruiting other nations having the same end-goal of shared world control – there is no individual nation in a globalist world.

          Globalism’s end-goal is for individual nations LOSING their individual power, as it equals-out its power with other globalist nations, becoming one world of control. China’s desire is to elevate itself alone, as its control comes through power within itself, the rest of the world be damned.

          Definition:
          GLOBALISM [gloh-buh-liz-uh m] noun
          The attitude or policy of placing the interests of the entire world above those of individual nations.

          Perhaps China’s goal is Imperialism. . .?

          Definition:
          IMPERIALISM [ɪmˈpɪr.i.ə.lɪ.zəm] noun
          A situation in which one country has a lot of power or influence over others, especially in political and economic matters.

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      • Mary Wilson says:

        Those have been my thoughts, too.

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  5. Publius2016 says:

    reality: China is Globalist Weapon! we know the EU was established to destroy national sovereignty in Europe…the key is spheres of influence centered on global finance…China os papering the world in Yuan…who is the “ultimate banker”???

    Liked by 8 people

    • As the Fed continues to raise rates, and Fed rates continue to outstrip those from other Central Banks, how will it play out?

      Will institutions race to reduce their holdings from the Fed by attracting alternate sources of funds … like American corporations’ repatriated profits?

      • Will this reduce the power of the Fed?
      • Will this reduce the ability of the Fed to raise rates further?

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      • Publius2016 says:

        the Fed increased its balance sheet 400% from 2008 “crisis”…this “Private Bank” became 4 times richer in 10 years! they said the boomer generation would be the greatest transfer of wealth in history, little did the boomers know it would be from the boomer generation to the FED! W43 let Bear Stearns fall while reinflating EU banks…of course Goldman won the War and our National Debt doubled…President Trump is restarting American Industry so our National debt is less than our INCOME! guess who is increases interest on the debt? The Fed…President Trump said: “We’ll use Tariff Income to pay the increase in interest expense…” so far, the Fed is not satisfied as they prefer Emerging Markets to the American Market!

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        • Wouldn’t our Debt be less than our SALES (GDP) … Let’s hope President Trump can get it under our INCOME by the end of his second term (along with eliminating DEFICITS and cutting UNFUNDED LIABILITIES in half).

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          • Publius2016 says:

            President Trump talks about $25 Trillion in wealth while our National Debt is $21 Trillion…in his mind we are already WINNING…he also talks about how our projected growth over the next 6 years will ensure our continued prosperity…under Obama we were projected to be overtaken by China in the year of our Quarter Millenial!

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    • In the 1980s, ALL of the Euros that pushed to lay the groundwork for a future powerful EU dreamt that it would make Europe an economic powerhouse on par with the U.S. Wheras only SOME of them intended to destroy national sovereignty in Europe.

      Either way, regardless of the EU’s “founders” intentions, the result is destructive: the deterioration of national sovereignty and a bunch of related bad (intended AND unintended) consequences as well as various other destructive conjurings.

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  6. fleporeblog says:

    Folks the Chinese this past week have seen all their schemes being destroyed by the Atomic Sledgehammer of Truth! Ole Xi will have to decide in the very near future whether he wants to hold onto North Korea or whether he wants to destroy his paper economy. He CAN’T have both!

    Our President continues to drive the Dragon 🐉 crazy 😜. Xi knows damn well that as our President finalizes the trade deals with Mexico, Japan and the EU, China 🇨🇳 will see a reduction of 3% to 4% to their real GDP rate!

    https://twitter.com/foxnews/status/1025890750003863552?s=21

    There is a cause and effect to our GDP and theirs. By squeezing them with tariffs of 10% on the first $50 billion coupled with the proposed 25% (in a week or so) on the next $200 billion and what I believe maybe as high as 50% on the remaining $250 billion, PDJT is swinging our GDP up and killing China’s GDP.

    Let’s look at the math:

    USA 🇺🇸 Tariffs on China:

    $50 billion x 10% tariffs = $5 billion dollars to our Government

    $200 billion x 25% tariffs = $50 billion dollars to our Government

    $250 billion x (being a bit conservative) 37.5% tariffs = $93.375 billion dollars to our Government

    China 🇨🇳 Tariffs on USA:

    $50 billion x 10% tariffs = $5 billion dollars to their Government

    $60 billion x 25% tariffs = $15 billion dollars to their Government

    $40 billion x (THAT IS ALL THEY HAVE LEFT) 37.5% tariffs = $15 billion dollars to their Government

    That totals $148.375 billion dollars in tariffs for our Government versus $35 billion dollars to their Government.

    That shrinks the trade deficit by $113.375 billion dollars a year.

    What does that mean for each country’s real GDP rate?

    Just last Quarter we shrunk the trade deficit by $53 billion dollars and it added 1.16% to the 4.1%.

    Please keep in mind with my math above, China 🇨🇳 and the USA 🇺🇸 brought in the same $5 billion in tariffs. They washed each other out.

    However, going forward, that isn’t the case! Your talking about an additional 2.32% real GDP rate for each year using the tariffs on China 🇨🇳 and them losing that same percentage.

    He was absolutely right that WE CAN’T LOSE!

    Xi saw this today and realizes HE CAN’T WIN!

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    • Nordic Breed says:

      “Ole Xi will have to decide in the very near future whether he wants to hold onto North Korea or whether he wants to destroy his paper economy. He CAN’T have both!”

      From your lips to God’s ears. I pray that this be so, and that Kim and North Korea be truly liberated from the evils of communism and Xi Stealth Mao.

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    • Perfectly framed CHINESE CHOICE, Flep!

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    • Flep, ZeroHedge framed the Tariff Tiers a little differently:

      $50 B @ 10%
      $200 B @ 25%
      $200 B @ your 37.5%
      PLUS
      $275 B @ 25% on Auto Exports (presumably largely through NAFTA’s back door).

      Then ponder the knock-on ACTIONS:
      • Raising Tariff levels to match Chinese Rate-Retaliation
      • Blocking classes of Chinese Exports due to Chinese Import Barriers
      • Sanctioning Chinese Banks for violating Sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Venezuela
      • Sanctioning Chinese Government-controlled Banks, Entities and Party Members for Currency Manipulation
      • Reparations for DECADES of IP THEFT, e.g., FORFEITURE of AMERICAN ASSETS

      That’s BEFORE giving America’s Bilateral Trading Partners the BIG CHOICE:
      • Match America’s actions against Cheating China … or
      • America imposes escalating sanctions on THEM for AIDING & ABETTING CHINA.

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    • Bill says:

      Ultimately, the US doesn’t want the funds from the tariffs, it is FAR more painful to the Chinese to remove the jobs! China MUST HAVE economic Stability AT ANY COST!!
      That is why China went on a massive 3 year debt spending spree in 2009!, economic Stability AT ANY COST!! They cannot have riots nationwide when unemployment rises!

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      • Dutchman says:

        It’s giving China there own version of 2008, at least as far as the effect on the economy, jobs, etc.

        But they don’t have any ‘safety net’, as far as I know, and even if they did, foodstamps are of little use, when theirs no food.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Bill you are absolutely right! That is the ultimate plan but will take some time to have it up and running. In the meantime, take their damn money through the tariffs. A win win in my book!

        Liked by 4 people

    • progpoker says:

      I find it hilarious that in that entire post of yours, not a single mention of Canada.

      Boy, Justine and Barneydette sure have reduced their visibility. Could it be, Canada just doesn’t matter as much as they think it does?

      Liked by 2 people

    • WSB says:

      Great post, Felice!!!!! And whoever is responsible for President Trump’s hair in the illustration nailed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Johnny Bravo says:

    PJT – Subtle as teargas.

    In the tweets PT provides China with an option between Either you can;

    1) carry on manipulating NK (in a vain attempt to get me to back down on trade) or
    2) enjoy trade (on fair terms) with the US

    But you can’t have both, im not BO or the other idiots.

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  8. Donna in Oregon says:

    Here’s the big Silicon Valley Law firm that’s helping China.

    https://www.wsgr.com/WSGR/Display.aspx?SectionName=practice/greater-china.htm

    The partner Sonsini has a report that the Russian firm Pepeliaev Group is helping China with the Trump admin. changes in trade.

    Pepeliaev Group has provided legal support to Chinese business
    Press Release
    August 24, 2018

    Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers provide legal services to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) as well as to a number of Chinese producers and exporters of aluminium alloy wheels within the framework of an anti-dumping investigation. The project

    Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers provide legal services to the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) as well as to a number of Chinese producers and ex…

    https://www.chambersandpartners.com/article-search

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    • ElGato says:

      I’m glad you posted this. Wilson Sonsini is representing my company. There will be a meeting on Monday.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Jan says:

      I post this proudly because I am a former lawyer: The only good lawyer is a dead lawyer. Would we be in a better place if most people in the FBI were not lawyers? Absolutely, yes. Would the DOJ be better if business administrators, like JW’s Tom Fitton, ran the DOJ instead of lawyers? I’m thinkin’ yes because I’m pretty sure that there is no non-politicized lawyer left in any major city in the US, let alone DC, just like we need no unions, no political bias, & some honor among thieves for the rest of government employees. So, whatever you do, do not talk to any prosecuting attorney, federal or state criminologist…..scratch all that…Michael Flynn was interviewed by the FBI by surprise and without his attorney or any attorney (other than the FBI). His life is in absolute shambles, whether he deserved it or not. Gen. Flynn doesn’t have the money or the evidence & Muelller threatened his son or some other anchor in Gen. Flynn’s life with prison terms….all because (1) the OVomit Administration fired him & hated him because he didn’t agree with OVomit; (2) Flynn testified for an FBI female agent who alleged sex discrimination/harrassment against the FBI and later McCabe; (3) he aligned with Pres. Trump before the election; (4) he didn’t fill out foreign disclosure forms correctly and/or got dates confused; and (5) probably Brennan wanted him put down.

      So I ask everyone, how do we change the picture? How do us deplorables & Treepers save our country, keep Pres. Trump from being impeached, get Republican vote turnout this November & get our guy some freak’in help?

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  9. Ouch!! Now that will leave a mark on yea old Rd Dragon that even a Panda mask won’t cover. Imagine having a nice “one belt one road plan” and then finding out that the road you have been using for sometime has been claimed through eminent domain and is about to be converted into a swimming pool for the riffraff in the neighborhood.

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  10. WD says:

    This is real statesmanship/dealing. Incredible stuff. So nice to have a POTUS who is on the ball: and in turn in it for us.

    Liked by 15 people

  11. UncleGrumpy says:

    God bless America.
    God bless Donald John Trump.

    Liked by 19 people

  12. Removing the ability for China to secretly use the DPRK as leverage (Panda Mask) effectively establishes them as exactly what they are, a completely dependent economy. Simply put, if trade between China and the United States ceased completely, they would lose $375B a year and struggle very hard to keep food on the table.

    We literally have ALL the leverage and it makes me a proud American to see President Trump actually using it! #MoreWinning 😀

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  13. Amy2 says:

    I have a question regarding nukes (This was very education for me!!). Was China directing NK to do nuclear testing? Do they use them as a deflection so we can’t see what the other hand is doing? I feel sorry for Kim Jong Un (yeah, I know he’s a murderer!) I think he would like to see himself as a Donald Trump to his people and is open to a capitalist society for NK. Must be awful knowing you can be snuffed out at any time.

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    • You may already have all the facts you need to decide.

      Communist China won the Korean War by separating North Korea from South Korea.
      • Would China have then established control over North Korea?
      • Or would Communist China have departed with a hat-tip?

      North Korea cannot feed itself.
      • Communist China now feeds North Korea.
      • Would Communist China expect a Puppet-State relationship in return?

      North Korea has no self-sustaining Industrial Economy
      • Would the same North Korea be capable of creating both Nuclear and ICBM Technology?
      • Would Communist China allow them to do so without complete control over both?

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      • Amy2 says:

        THANK YOU!!

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        • [Here’s an exchange you might also appreciate on AG SESSIONS being a FAILURE]
          There’s just a few things that don’t add up:
          • Why doesn’t Sessions resign, IF he’s a “plant,” or he’s “compromised,” or in some other way trying to harm the president and / or his policies / activities?
          ○ IF he wants to put the president in a real jam, resign, then Rosenstein becomes AG by default,
          ○ President Trump cannot fire / replace Rosenstein because McConnell’s deep state Uniparty conspirators control both houses of congress, and
          ○ then Rosenstein kills both Horowitz’ AND Huber’s investigations.
          • Again, IF Sessions is there to “protect” the Deep state swamp, wouldn’t he best serve that end by resigning, and would have served it better to have resigned a year ago, thusly allowing Rosenstein to do his damage?
          • Sessions certainly would have a sympathetic 5th column, domestic enemy media estate to sing his praises while vilifying the president, especially after the viscous personal attacks and assaults upon his character.
          No, I still believe that AG Sessions is setting up something or someone, and that
          • although the treasonous, deep state scum are still very well represented from top to bottom through the rank and file,
          • so are the Patriots, and next month and into October, we are going to see the most wonderful disinfecting of our infamous deep state: FBI, DOJ, CIA, State, DHS, house, senate, and the bureaucracy….UNLEASH HELL. 
          =====
          That’s the BEST STRATEGIC assessment I’ve seen of why Sessions may still be for real.

          • With this impeccable logic as a foundation, I can’t see a DOJ-FBI restructuring until we begin to see high-level CONVICTIONS beyond the resignations and firings to-date.

          • I believe that President Trump will delay declassifications until October, when it’s impossible for the media to deflect and divert and it’s impossible for the Dems to come up with a bigger October Surprise.

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          • Amy2 says:

            Interesting! I don’t believe Sessions is a deep stater, I think he is being snickered by RR. Not sure where this goes.
            If Sessions is for real, he’d better show his cards to PDT pretty soon. We are already fed up, and when we see the president fed up, we’re pretty sure we’re on the right scent!

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            • AH_C says:

              He did. If you reread the tweets and counter tweets between those two. Today, Trump practically tweeted “do it”.

              So I’m sure that as soon as Jeff and Huber are ready, they will strike.

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          • frank field says:

            Dear BlackKnightRides:

            I hope Sessions is all in with Trump and that they’re playing “Brer Rabbit”.

            Ride. Boldly ride!

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            • WSB says:

              That would be just desserts for Debate Number One.

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            • Jan says:

              Love you guys. And I have no problem with eating my hat, but I see no euphoria with Sessions. He’s recused himself from anything to do with Russia or Hillary. BUT UNDER SESSIONS’ WATCH: Neither McCabe or Strzok has been indicted or appear to be in danger of being indicted; several FBI agents has been referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility–none have been indicted or arrested. The IG Report told of bribes & leaks of FBI & DOJ agents–no one indicted or prosecuted. Paul Sperry just did a knock-out article on the Abedin-Weiner laptop & how the investigation of what was on that laptop was screwed up. Enough to put any other American, except for the Clintons, their best friends, the FBI/DOJ, OVomit & his staff, etc. in jail for the rest of their lives. This AG is no longer the defender of the law…he’s the advancement of law for the privileged few. Besides, Sessions just finds RR to be sooooo fine! How can you ever trust someone who thinks RR is his best friend when RR sides with the Dimms who want u dead!! So, I’ll eat my hat if I’m wrong about Sessions and the calvary’s coming, but no one supports our President except us. WE CANNOT LET HIM DOWN!!

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          • WSB says:

            Thank you for posting!

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    • Dutchman says:

      Amy, I’m not an expert on Nukes, but I believe the rule of testing done in N.Korea is ‘frowned upon’, internationally, if not outright banned by treaty.

      So, for China it was a ‘two-fer’, as they could do this testing research, and gain the benefits, while SAYING “Hey, not us, it’s our stupid brother in law!”

      Same as they, they their proxy, could threaten us, while SAYING “not us”, and here, but more of our cheap crap.

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      You understand perfectly.

      China’s been playing the ol’ “Give us all we want or we’ll let our brat children run wild and wreck your house” con game.

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  14. thedoc00 says:

    I would like to see Squeeze #12, which makes China’s WTO membership the same as ALL major developed nations and makes them subject to the exact same rules as the US and other major economic powers. China currently treated as an “emerging market nation”.

    This would be more likely than their removal and possibly more effective.

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  15. I have always said the proper way to deal with the North Korean nukes is as a Chinese nuclear deployment. Any launch by the North Korean military will be treated exactly as if it was launched from installations in China. Further more, deployments by China outside their borders may cause American deployments of nuclear weapons to the threatened theater, including Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan.

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  16. The great advantage President Trump has over Xi is the possibility of putting nuclear weapons in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea or even Viet Nam. They all hate Xi and his bully boy tactics.

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  17. jello333 says:

    I absolutely LOVE that Trump is continuing to say good things about Kim. Because no doubt in my mind that Un wants this to work out more than anyone on Earth.

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  18. snellvillebob says:

    I read yesterday that the ASEAN countries are consensual to a new compact, part of which states that no member may hold war games with a non member if even one member complains. The article inferred that China had them put that in.
    Also they have lobbied our Congress and got two billes introduced a couple weeks ago. One takes the power to create tariffs away from the office of the President and gives it to Congress. Another takes the investigation of trade in relation to national security away from one of President Trump committees and gives it to a Congressional committee consisting of two Republicans and two Democtrats. Good luck getting any agreement without Pelosi and Schumer’s approvals thru that.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Where did you read this and no it will not make it past the desk of POTUS.

      Liked by 4 people

    • mutantbeast says:

      RED China has LOTS of enemies in SE Asia themselves. Oddly enough, Communist Vietnam(which is actually starting to become somewhat non commie) is probably the biggest enemy they have there. The Phillipines, at leasy under Dueterte, are not exaclty one good terms with them either.

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  19. 335blues says:

    “Everything else is chaff and countermeasures.”
    It occurs to me that part of the above is the
    hate-filled, false, constant attacks of the marxist democrat party, and their proxy propaganda machine ‘news media’ on President Donald Trump.
    Seen through the eyes described above
    CNN, et al, looks like little more than a mouthpiece of the chinese communist party.

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  20. DanO64 says:

    Interesting that we just announced the successful deployment of our new variable nuclear bombs that are dropped by the B2. Coincidence?

    Liked by 3 people

  21. usaproud7 says:

    BRILLIANT!!!
    I’ll have another winnamen please!

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  22. fleporeblog says:

    Our President is slapping the Panda 🐼 everywhere!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Nordic Breed says:

      Yes, Communist China is trying to set up satellite states wherever it can. Mao would be very pleased. Meanwhile, the communist influence in Central America is as strong as ever. The USA needs to do something about this, as well as close in on the communists trying to destroy our own government.

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      • scott467 says:

        Shining the light of TRUTH on it, every single day, is a thousand times more effective than any other method we have tried since WWII.

        Evil cannot flourish in the light of day.

        The problem has been that there were too many evil people on our side to ever use sunlight as a weapon, for fear of exposing themselves.

        DJT has nothing to fear from sunlight.

        Let the sun shine in!

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  23. ristvan says:

    Paraphrased repeat of a subcomment to an earlier thread comment concerning today’s tweets.
    PDJT has newly much more leverage over Xi re trade (so indirectly over NoKo behavior) thanks to a ‘fortuitous’ rapidly emerging Chinese pork farming calamity. Remember China’s first response to US trade tariffs was to steeply tariff US pork imports, therby crippling their own largest ag company that bought Smithfield, the largest US pork producer, some years ago.
    Just 4 weeks ago, African swine fever (ASF) virus was detected in NE China in one province, probably came in via Russian hog/pork imports, as Russia has been (unsuccessfully) battling ASF it ‘caught’ from eastern Europe.

    Background. ASF is a virus, no vaccine or ‘cure’, Endemic in subsaharan Africa. Survives in African porcine related species with no symptoms. But in domestic pigs and wild boars, almost always fatal in 2-10 days. Virus survives in feces, pork scraps, on farmers shoes…for weeks, so also highly contagious. VERY BAD.

    ASF was first detected in one NE China province first week of August 2018 when hundreds of pigs suddenly died on one farm. (Theory is, they were slopped contaminated scraps from Russian processed uncooked pork imports.) Four weeks later, despite frantic massive Chinese containment efforts, ASF has spread to four provinces separated by over 1000km. A big problem, because most Chinese pork is not large modern hog farms, but small farm/backyard operations where there is zero sanitation control. There are lots of Googlable reports with scientific info.

    China is the worlds largest pork producer (about half), and pork is the main meat protein in the Chinese diet (poultry is a distant second). Xi’s punative retaliatory tariffs on US pork are about to lay a world of hurt on the Chinese food supply. Not just prices, but acute shortages, thanks to ASF.
    Xi was already playing a very bad trade poker hand. Trump just played the ASF joker.

    IMO PDJT knew this already when making todays decisions and tweets. His IS that good.

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  24. Rf121 says:

    Lot of fans here willing to risk nuclear war. Good luck with that. China actually has nukes that work and can be delivered. Unlike Kim.

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    • Sugarhillhardrock says:

      RF121,
      Care to explain how you are figuring that?

      The Chinese lose to history if they try it. We have the nonnuclear assets to neutralize them and the nuclear assets to annihilate them. If you dont think Mattis has had the pentagon game this out, you underestimate him very badly.

      It would not be part of China’s strategic doctrine to engage in a Nuclear confrontation with a country that would then ring it with adversaries holding Nuclear strike capability and could turn it’s production assets and government into Obsidian glass for as far as the eye can see. That is not how China plays the international game.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Lot of fans here willing to risk nuclear war. Good luck with that. China actually has nukes that work and can be delivered. Unlike Kim.”

      __________________

      So Chairman Xi is going to nuke America — and his good friend DJT whose little granddaughter sang to him in Mandarin — because DJT is demanding reciprocal trade and a cessation of hostile technology theft?

      Talk about losing face…

      And it’s not a one-sided equation, because we have nukes too. Should we negotiate as if China does and we do not?

      How is that materially different than unconditional surrender?

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  25. jahealy says:

    Observation #1: PDJT’s incredibly skilled ‘killers’ (Ross, Mnuchin, Lighthizer) must be having the time of their lives right now. Such exciting daily challenges they get to tackle!
    Observation #2: While many of us spend entire days obsessing about, for example, what Sessions is or isn’t doing, PDJT is up to his neck in all these crucially important negotiations, moves, and countermoves. Exhilarating!

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  26. Publius2016 says:

    if China was really Red Panda Bear, than why do they use their development loans in Africa and the Americas??? they prefer having neighbors impoverished while taking over the World with Paper!

    North Korea at night:

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  27. cbjoasurf says:

    Just imagine if you will, America has the ability to out leverage ALL of the economies of the entire world combined. I don’t believe we are dependent upon ANYONE else in the world for anything that we cannot produce ourselves. Trump has positioned us very well to leverage the entire world.

    Our ace in the whole is our agricultural production since in essence the U.S. feeds the world, with our giveaways to underdeveloped nations. China’s is very dependent upon imports of raw materials and food being way behind in modern highly efficient agricultural production. China’s whole economy is based upon just assembling products to export and I think you’ll agree that without our intellectual expertise they couldn’t even make that work economically.

    If we were to stop all imports from China and that now that there is a manufacturing renaissance in AMERICA we could easily replace the junk China sends us ourselves.To stave off starvation all the other countries in the world, including China would still have to purchase our AG.

    I really doubt that our POTUS wants to be the bully it’s just that he will no longer allow us to be taken advantage of by anybody, especially China. Red Dragon could be sent back to the dark ages and become no more than a common lizard economically and they know it.

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    • In a way, it reminds me of the movie quote by Admiral Yamamoto during the Pearl Harbor attack: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” For decades, China had taken advantage of the U.S. sleeping on trade partly by leveraging corporatist globalist corruption. China got greedy and began to feel invincible, that American resolve had withered away forever. Now, thank God for PDJT, the sleeping giant is waking up.

      Chinese history books will be filled with regrets about how they bit off more than they could chew. But they would have succeeded without a PDJT.

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      • CirclinTheDrain says:

        Where you’re wrong – we weren’t asleep on trade. It was a deliberate strategy by the Uniparty, coordinated by the CoC, and skimmed by the politicians led by the Clintons. Don’t ever forget that.

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  28. Imagine if the FAKE News was presented in the same intellectual manner you see here with Sundance’s analysis. It would be FAR more interesting and educational. CNN & Co. truly do think Americans are stupid so they cater to the lowest common denominator. The reality is that many people want to be intellectually challenged with the truth and the facts and left alone to make up their own minds. Thanks for doing that SD!

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  29. scott467 says:

    “Within this dynamic Chairman Kim received the scorn of the international community; but was -in reality- merely a figurehead, a false panda face – hiding the true authority behind all of the DPRK policy, and a designed strategy constructed by China.”

    ______________

    Which would make the Chinese government — and Chairman Xi as the face of that government — so unspeakably evil that they would attain instant global pariah status when this becomes widely known.

    To have sucked the life-blood out of North Korea for 65+ years, literally secret modern-day enslavement of an entire nation, with untold millions murdered in the Gulags, would put the Chinese government on par with the most evil regimes to ever exist.

    In the history of mankind.

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    • scott467 says:

      And that — the ability to expose all of it, at any moment — is the ultimate leverage DJT holds over the Red Slaver Pariah.

      Liked by 2 people

    • powderdayrules says:

      We never should have conceded North Korea to China in the fifties. We should have nuked their invading force at the border.

      Liked by 1 person

      • scott467 says:

        Better yet, employ strategies like DJT is using to achieve objectives without war 🙂

        Liked by 3 people

      • mutantbeast says:

        Remember Truman FIRED McArthur for merely wanting to bomb the bridges out over the Yalu river, which would have kept the PLA out of yhe Korean war since they had no amphiobious capabilty back then. Turned out McArthur should have been listened to.

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      Of course they’ve done that to 2 lands.
      NK and their own.

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    • mutantbeast says:

      It comes down to the same things we face here. Media propagndists who protect there fellow communist ideolgues no matter what. Mao was one of the most vile humans ever to exist, yet he gets nowhere near the negative treatnent Hitler righty deserved. Mao murdered far more than Hitler did.

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  30. Nancy Steger says:

    Just found this site. Fascinating, substantive info on world politics. This stuff and Dr. Jordan Peterson are the two best reads on all of the known (to me) internet. Thanks.

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  31. truthbomb says:

    The Chinese are very aggressive and will not back down. Bottom line, do you want China to rule the world? (Not asking you McConnell and the rest of Congress, we already know your answer).

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  32. PaulM says:

    Now that China has our esteemed John Boehner (R) working for the firm that represents them in DC and he surely maintains contact with his previous coworkers, I have to assume that the Chinese have a pretty good handle on what will or won’t happen in the American congress.
    https://sunlightfoundation.com/2016/10/06/as-the-smoke-clears-on-his-career-boehner-cashes-in-thanks-to-lobbying-loopholes/

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  33. MSO says:

    Xi is counting on his backers in the US to damage Trump. With the Clinton and DNC organizations manipulating the DOJ/FBI producing the Cohen/Manafort story, Xi sees progress on that front and will be encouraged to wait Trump out.

    Xi is smart enough to keep Rocket Man from firing any missiles as that would frighten the electorate back toward Trump. As Trump is further weakened though, that sentiment will shift in the other direction.

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  34. GweninKC says:

    GREAT analysis, Sundance. Thank you! You’ve made it easy to follow and understand very complex interactions. So grateful for you and our VSGPDJT.

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  35. Chris Four says:

    North Korea s a side show for China. It’s real future lies elsewhere. Econmically its Belt and Road Initiative poses a challenge to the west.

    “At its core, the Belt and Road is about China’s companies going global. And Trump’s tariffs paradoxically are encouraging Chinese firms to expedite their international expansions, particularly in the manufacturing sector.”

    Also China has expanded its military and controls the South China. With this increased military comes renewed talk by Beijing of reclaiming Taiwan.

    https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-08-24/opinion-trump-tariffs-could-boost-chinas-influence-abroad-101318307.html

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  36. zooamerica says:

    2018-2020 Democrat Campaign Slogan:

    “AMERICA WAS NEVER GREAT, CHINA IS”

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    • mutantbeast says:

      Mao Tse Tungs version of RED China is what the Drats truly want for America. You knlow, the one where Mao murdered 60 million Chinese citizens and raped a bunch of 11/12 yo girls along the way.

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  37. zooamerica says:

    TARIFFS made America GREAT!

    Instead of imposing taxes upon the American people, many American Presidents in years past imposed tariffs on goods imported from other nations.

    Then came the Income Tax, Property Tax, Sales Tax, Estate Tax, and every other tax after politicians thought it would be a good idea to replace Tariffs with Taxes on the American people.

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  38. railer says:

    The Chinese will now make things difficult for us in Afghanistan, you may depend. Pakistan has been a problem there all along, and I expect that to get worse. Look out for that one, and look out for tension between Pakistan and India, sponsored by China as well. China is holding a few nasty cards, and I expect some of those to be in play.

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  39. Tiffthis says:

    Brilliantly written.

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  40. Vanityofvanities says:

    Giving China “Most Favoried Nation” status was a BIG mistake in the first place but It was necessary as a means of moving Chine toward reforms in governance, so said the illuminated ones in western capitols and boardrooms. Rightttttttttttt !!!!!!
    The oppression is worse now and will get worse in part because American Tech titans are making it possible and these titans are creations of American intelligence agencies.

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  41. Ghost says:

    Observations from a smaller limb.

    Looking at some Chinese economic numbers.

    July retails sales projected at a 9.2% growth reported at 8.8% .3% short with most of the the gains in property value. Ghost cities ?

    July trade balance projected at 229B reported at 177B, this is an annualized rate. Actual imports to china increased 27.3%, almost looks like devalued yuan and tariffs backfired. Think oil and food. The US/ China monthly trade surplus month to month went from 41B to 28B.

    June loan numbers went to 184B yuan from previous months 115B. Trying to borrow their way to support current econ activity.

    China unemployment numbers 5.1% up from 2.5% three months ago.

    Economic growth numbers? 6.7% ,but I doubt it.

    Many us who grew up diving under wooden desk can see a similarities from the old USSR. If I may.

    When Mikhail Gorbachev arrived on the scene one of the first things he did was introduce the concept of glasnost. While the US press hail him as breakthrough leader engaging in a new freedom of the soviet press and an openness of their society. The fact was he new they actually had no idea what was really up in their economy.

    The problem then with the USSR and China today is that in a command economy who is going to actually take the risk of reporting bad news up the command chain. So rather than getting stuck in a gulag you hedge your bets. We only missed our targets by a little comrade!

    Chinese leaders are in a vacuum, not as bad as the Soviets were because their larger dependency on trade, but it is still looking through rose colored glasses of their own making. Reality is very likely to set in then we get to see what they do.

    They are also making the same mistakes with their foreign adventures using up their capital reserves. The loans always come due.

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  42. Pyrthroes says:

    Trump is historically unique, neither a hothouse academic nor a storied military commander disposed to confront enemies directly rather than by subtle, 3-dimensional spectra of long-term political-economic Go.

    As has long been noted, colonialism-imperialism is paradoxically an expensive proposition: Gloriously exploiting one’s geopolitical inferiors requires offsetting contributions-subsidies to keep up appearances by maintaining fictional surpluses amenable to ruling-circle graft. After a requisite two (2) 36-year general eras, generally the game is up (think 1812 – 1848, 1876 – 1948, 1917 – 1989, and so forth).

    In present form, Mao’s China dates from 1948, meaning that Chairman Xi’s regime will face the historical music beginning 2020-2021 (Trump’s high-momentum second term). At that point, coincident with Peking’s New Imperial ambitions, even dimwitted Marxisants will begin to understand.

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  43. mutantbeast says:

    RED China has ALWAYS been using North Korea as a stalking horse. Douglass McArthur knew that back in 1950, when he wanted the USAF to bomb the bridges over the Yalu river to keep the PLA out of Korea, and Truman fired him . McArthur was proven correct shortly thereafter, the consequences of that are we ended up with a communist NE Asia for over 76 yrs now, the Korean peninsula in a perpetual state of war, while RED China flies under the radar.

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  44. crockwave says:

    Very well written summary of the complex geopolitics. The list of squeeze events were “gripping” and the meme got right to the point.

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  45. TC Comics says:

    One data point: Why is Koryo Tours still operating? This does not jive with the supposedly tight economic sanctions we are imposing. They seemed to be shut down for a while but are now back offering DPRK “MEGA Tours”:

    https://koryogroup.com/tours/dprk-north-korea/group

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  46. Pokey says:

    The most serious problem we have with the Chinese is their penetration of the US government and political systems with their propaganda apparatchiks. They now control the bureaucracies, the government schools, the Democrap party, and the vast majority of our information media. If we don’t root them out of these positions, we will pay the ultimate price before Trump can win the economic battle with them. And, it looks like they will be removing Trump from office as soon as they can frame him for anything they can get away with on a political level. If Trump can negotiate this minefield without being removed from office before 2024, we may just be looking at the greatest President in our history. If not, even our history won’t be our own and I will be removed because I am displaying the temerity of attempting to spill these beans. Most of you will be, too. We are now fighting for our own lives as well as for our country.

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  47. Communist Xi will surrender,
    Because Their E/C will sinking Down To Drain soon enough,
    They Thought continue Ripped off The American,
    But President Trump would Not allow happens again,
    I’m So proud that we have strong leadere President Trump He love’s America,

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