Chairman Kim Arrives in China for Visit With Chairman Xi…

The timing here is subtle as a brick through a window.  As the U.S. and China sit down for the first preliminary trade discussions…. simultaneously, Chairman Kim Jong-un arrives in China for a pre-scheduled meeting with Chairman Xi Jinping.

Those who follow the strategy of Beijing will note China’s historic approach has been to leverage antagonism by their proxy province of North Korea to gain economic leverage over their U.S. adversary. It would appear Xi Jinping is sending exactly that message, yet again.  China controls the DPRK and they will deploy that leverage as needed.

(BNO News) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in China for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, making it his fourth visit in less than a year, the Chinese government announced on Tuesday.

Kim arrived in China on Monday and will be staying until Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the ruling Communist Party, who added that the visit is taking place at the invitation of Xi.  Other details about the visit were not immediately known.

Kim is believed to have arrived in China at 10:15 p.m. local time on Monday when his train passed through the Chinese border city of Dandong, according to the Yonhap news agency. It said the train is expected to arrive in Beijing just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.  (read more)

Previously President Donald Trump made it clear he is well aware of this manipulation:

…. And so the dance continues.

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63 Responses to Chairman Kim Arrives in China for Visit With Chairman Xi…

  1. sundance says:

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    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      President Trump called out China for their tugging the leash on their lapdog Kim. Trump masterfully played China for “their public word” that China doesn’t pull any strings with North Korea. Going directly to Kim was an unprecedented move by a Grand Chess Master.
      Now China can decide whether they can afford to lose 100% of their American exports.
      There is nothing “made in China” that once wasn’t made in the USA by the wealth creation engine of the American Middle class and their core of entrepreneurs.

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      • Bob says:

        And you can bet that President Trump is holding his option of challenging the American Public to stop buying Made In China. If he needs to he can play that card and the American people will shut down China overnight. Somewhere along the line he will make sure Xi understand this when he needs to. Checkmate. Game over!

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        • Jan says:

          Adherents of the TDS cult will surely redouble their efforts to economically support China by buying garish plastic trash…doubly punishing themselves.

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        • RJ says:

          Do not forget “the game of Hot Potato” when contemplating this tug of war on trade imbalance. The hot potato will be “economic stagnation/collapse” wherein the recipient just might take the “loss” as the “final straw” where “war” is the only justifiable answer.

          Kinda like saying to the winner: “FU pal!” Next up would be: “Come and get it!”

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      • lanahi says:

        I’m not sure whether I should feel sorry or not for Kim. He is obviously caught between the many economic benefits he could have by cooperating with the US and the fact that he is just a puppet to China. There is less and less benefit to being “protected” by China, but there isn’t much he can do about it. On the other hand, he is being wined and dined by both sides and must be enjoying the attention. He has been thrust onto the world stage after being a homebody…though an important one…for most of his life, and it’s both heady and confusing…and dangerous to him.
        What’s likely to happen, though, is neither one of them will want to get on to the bad side of the US because of the economic repercussions. I suspect North Korea’s nuclear days are about over…it just isn’t worth it. China has the nukes, NK doesn’t need them.
        I also doubt that Kim will be the honorable leader of NK much longer in any case. He has a new vision of economic freedom that China won’t be able to squelch, so he’ll have to go.

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        • Bastiat says:

          I’m pretty skeptical that they are going to get rid of Juche without reunification. I’m not sure many people here understand the degree of brainwashing that has been done in that country. The ONLY way out of it is reunification, as that is the ONLY thing that is more important to them than Juche.

          China, on the other hand, has some big choices to make. We saved them in WW2 from the Japanese, and they backstabbed us with Korea. We opened up trade and the economy to them, and they backstabbed us again by stealing everything they could get their hands on, and buying our politicians so they could steal even more.

          China is an enemy to everyone but China. As Sundance points out, there is no gray for them. There is no “raising all boats” for them, it is raising China or sinking its enemies. Obviously the liberalization with free markets experiment failed. It is time to crush them and put the back in their place economically, where their communist anti-individualist ideology will push their population back to subsistence living. At that point, and only at that point, perhaps the peasants who had a small taste of freedom will finally rise up and demand real reform.

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      • Michael Todaro says:

        Muzzie Detroit was actually the manufacturing capital of the world, by far.

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    • They dont’t WANT to reform each other.

      There is probably more walking in lockstep than trying to change one’s mind or reforming.

      I would love to be a mosquito drone on the wall watching and listening to these two when they are alone without nobody in earshot. I would not be surprised at all to hear them conniving together talking about how to handle Trump and the United States and not lose face.

      There is no good heart, intention or agenda here.

      NONE!

      Good day Sundance and keep on truckin’ here at the Treehouse.

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      • angellestaria6674 says:

        Should be “anybody” instead of nobody. Slip up here as I am just getting and going for the day, uh, rather night. Waiting for a little bit of coffee to work. lol

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      • lanahi says:

        One can be sure that heart doesn’t enter into the equation.

        Liked by 1 person

        • angellestaria6674 says:

          More like cold steel hardened minds that will never subject themselves or their set-in-stone agenda to an honest, altruistic opinion that suggests change for the better for people overall. Altruism is another thing that will not be part of that equation.

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  2. Greg1 says:

    “Subtle as a brick through a window”, indeed.

    And Kim is leaving the day after Trump’s team leaves.

    The fact that Xi is calling Kim in reveals that Xi is in a weak position.

    President Trump will instinctively pick up on that………..

    Liked by 18 people

    • WSB says:

      BOOM!!!!!! 💣💣💣💥💥💥💥💥💥💥

      Liked by 3 people

    • I’ll wager President Trump has already laid his traps and spun his web on this.

      Liked by 7 people

      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        Yep….Actually I believe they are both at the point that they understand that the President has them boxed in.

        However, I do believe Rocket Man will come out for the better in all of this.

        Bear with me for a moment……The two Korea’s both want unification…..Kim and that South Korea guy have been talking a lot.

        South Korea is an economic powerhouse…..and they will stay that way…..capitalism and all of that…..

        So if Kim aligns with the South……He is in…..

        However Xi may be toast…….China has come too far down the road to save their economy……Drastic measures would show weakness….and Xi would be out

        If Kim does return to his old ways…..he will go down with everyone else…..or

        He could be. Korean legend…..

        Choose wisely…

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        • Fascinating to consider that both Kim and Moon are of North Korean descent.

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          • 🍺Gunny66 says:

            Actually Koreans are a very tight people.

            And believe it or not, the women are much stronger (mentally) than the men and “dominate” them on almost all occasions.

            Koreans are very tradional and…..many, if not nearly most of them are Christian……In Korea……and here in the US there are many Christian churches with mostly Korean parishioners.

            If Kim plays this right….I.E. gets away from the Communist crap……
            He could save the North Korean people and go down in history.

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        • Michael Todaro says:

          Kim wants the big invite to Mar a Lago.

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    • ichicinnabar says:

      Greg1, Good observation.

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    • Bastiat says:

      Xi is in an incredibly weak position, and he just keeps digging that hole deeper and deeper. President for life? Doubt it. His only option is to capitulate and spin. He is hoping for a Mueller miracle, but he is not going to get it. Trump knows this, too, and has his offers are only going to get worse and worse for China as he keeps painting Xi into a tighter and tighter corner.

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  3. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    It seems that every time POTUS mentions China recently, he also mentions North Korea.

    He knows the game 🙂

    Liked by 10 people

  4. That’s one hell of a long “visit” for a foreign leader – Monday night until Thursday….sure does look like Xi is trying to point out who is in control. Kim summoned to China time and time again yet Xi still a no show in Pyongyang after “promising” to visit soon in September last year.

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    • Barnestormer says:

      Because Xi is unaware of which directions the multi-faceted trade negotiations with the U.S. will go, his instructions to Kim must be fairly complex. “if…then” planning under those circumstances takes time, even between people who speak the same language.

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    • Bastiat says:

      Xi is under the assumption that Trump actually cares about North Korea. Strategically, it means little to Trump. North Korea is welcome to join the rest of the world of course, but besides the political win, the North Korea “leverage” means next to nothing. Trump can get political wins elsewhere that make more strategic sense, like pulling out of Syria and Afghanistan, for example.

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      • Bastiat says:

        Think of it like this: China is using North Korea for leverage, but there is no way to use or not use that leverage without weakening China. North Korea wants reunification, so if they do nothing, they anger their “ally”. If they do something, their “ally” naturally lessens its ties with China.

        The North Korea strategy by Trump is brilliant. He is in a different league compared to all of these world and domestic politicians, yet they propagandize that he is stupid, and many of them actually believe this. If Trump is stupid, he is the monkey on the keyboard typing out the complete works of Shakespeare right now.

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  5. cripto says:

    Chairman Xi is just throwing a Birthday party for His Porcine Majesty. He turns 35 today. Maybe Putin is invited and they can have a threesome.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. dallasdan says:

    Our President wields an incalculably powerful economic weapon, and even a casual observer of international macroeconomics understands that he has commanding leverage over China. Xi is trying to play hide-and-seek in plain sight.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. cripto says:

    Confirmation that there will be another Trump-Kim3 summit as he has gone to Beijing before every DPRK-US meet-up. This is the fourth in 12 months. Rumoured to be held in Hanoi, Bangkok or Hawaii, though I doubt the latter.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Michael Todaro says:

      Hanoi works. It is the capital of nominally communist Vietnam, an American allie which bears no resemblance whatsoever to China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela..(Recent GDP growth 8.3%) You can wear Americana stuff sold in urban, tourist, and rural markets without fear of reprisal. American flag tee shirts are everywhere…hats, sandals, stickers…all kinds of stuff. Try that in Portland or Philadelphia. It’s the safest place for POTUS too. Probably safer than D.C. MAGA/KAG !

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  8. JohnCarlson says:

    Xi wants to turn Kim back into China’s pit bull.

    Liked by 1 person

    • cripto says:

      Funny that. I see it the other way around. Kim3 is looking for a backstop in case the upcoming Trump-Kim summit goes south. A China card he can play unless the US will not lift sanctions and accept denuclearisation on NK’s terms.

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      • lanahi says:

        Or Kim is in China to get his talking points told to him.
        Kim thinks he can be somebody but he’ll always just be a pawn in the game between China and the US. He will do what China says he will do, and China will tell him what to do depending on what they need from the US.
        Which, bottom line is, that Trump will be calling the shots.

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        • cripto says:

          Hmmm. Only if you do not know the complicated and difficult relations Kim3 has had with China. He is executing his third leg of the stool strategy to move closer to China and of course since basically China, Russia and Kim all agree on the bottom-line, i.e. to get the US military and influence out of the Asia-Pacific (for different reasons) Xi is only too happy to play along. It is never a one way street.

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    • Michael Todaro says:

      Xi doesn’t have Mar a Lago

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  9. Perot Conservative says:

    And we have India, Mexico, Middle Europe, and Brazil that would LOVE some of that business! And the Brits, too, if / when they break away from the EU.

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  10. frank field says:

    Treehouse!

    THE place to be…several times per day. Every day. Again…massive thanks Sundance

    Liked by 7 people

  11. Pyrthroes says:

    When Trump’s long lever tilts the Chinese boulder, Xi will find it’s all downhill… what’s his NorKo satrapy worth in terms of Japan-South Korea-Taiwan down the road?

    Maintaining Cathay’s Beltway thrust –securing imports by imposing debt peonage from East Asia to Africa and Latin America– requires access to domestic U.S. markets (per capita GDP five times that of China’s), and access requires accommodating Donald Trump.

    Time for Red Dragon to bank his fires a bit.

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    • cripto says:

      From the article: “Kim, with his wife Ri Sol-ju, was accompanied by Kim Yong-chol, Ri Su-yong, Pak Thae-song, Ri Yong-ho, No Kwang-chol and other leading North Korean officials, KCNA said.
      Xinhua announced that Kim was visiting “at the invitation of Xi Jinping”.

      Going to be quite a birthday bash. The gang’s all there.

      Liked by 1 person

    • lanahi says:

      I like the word “invited”. More like commanded.

      Liked by 3 people

  12. Mike in a Truck says:

    North Korea does nothing without Chinas approval.They are the only thing that is keeping Kim alive.They always have.But the one thing China cant give Kim is what he craves most. International legitimacy. Only Trump can give him this. The end to the Korean War.End to sanctions.End to being ostracized by the international community. The hope of economic prosperity and lifting his people up from their wretched living conditions.( which China has done little).Nope-PDJT holds all the cards.This is Kims only opportunity.

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  13. Franklin says:

    Xi is just doing to Kim what what China has been doing all over the world.

    “China’s critics have derided as “debt trap diplomacy” – extending credit to desperate countries in exchange for rights to key strategic resources that can be applied to BRI [Belt Road Initiative].”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-07/explosive-wsj-report-exposes-chinas-role-1mdb-scandal

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    • Jan says:

      Wow!! Thanks for the link. I didn’t know anything about this. China is not anyone’s friend.

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    • Kris Langley says:

      It is worse than that.

      Final Jeopardy question

      This country is all-over funding and constructing a proposed large-capacity 800-mile-long natural gas pipeline and liquefaction facility from our [Alaska’s] North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula south/west of Anchorage. The estimated cost is $45,000,000,000+.

      Remember: your answer must be in the form of a question.

      Ans. “What is Chi….”

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  14. 335blues says:

    The arrogant and vain Xi believes he has more leverage than he actually has.
    If Kim renegs on the deal, or even insists on new terms. President Trump can, and should, go forward with full sanctions on China. The hit to the chinese economy will be so severe
    that the controlled society in china will become unstable very quickly.
    Emperor Xi will have far more than Trump to deal with at that point.

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  15. cripto says:

    “N. Korea’s official newspaper demands complete end to S. Korea-U.S. military drills”
    Rodong Sinmun is the official newspaper of DPRK. Interesting timestamp: 13:29, 7 January.

    Obviously coordinated with the visit.

    Read more here:
    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20190107002051325?input=tw

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  16. peenut07 says:

    Bath-house Barry would have already been packaging an apology gift for them both. Trump is grinning thinking “this is gonna be fun”.

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  17. gymcy81 says:

    Previously President Donald Trump made it clear he is well aware of this manipulation:

    ‘Honor’ is very important to them (and us). Other virtues for some, not so much.
    As long as they do-not-get-caught pulling any shenanigan, or getting themselves into chinese finger traps, etc….
    ….then they figure they still have retained and / or earned the dignity of family and country ‘honor’. (since no one else is aware otherwise)

    As such, trust (and honorably, verifying that trust / compliance) are keys …
    [ easier said, than done … proven ]

    Many say they know ….
    yet, relatively, so few can …

    but, there is help, if one asks … seek and ye shall find… knock and the door… ; )

    Love thy neighbors

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  18. Linda K. says:

    Well. Rocket man is in the driver’s seat. Everyone wants him on their team. But it is really in N. Korea’s interest to become friends with S. Korea and the United States. Prosperity and peace and a chicken in every pot.

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    • El Torito says:

      My guess is that Kim is thinking “1 chicken in your pot, 1 million chickens in mine.” Maybe we put a nice big base in NK as well to protect Kim and NK from the Chinese aggression.

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  19. RJones says:

    More seriously, N Korea is too close to China to not do their bidding. Your move Pres Trump.

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  20. jeans2nd says:

    Xi and Kim are discussing Opening Up.
    Opening Up.
    Xi emphasized Opening Up over and over and over during his New Year’s speech.
    Funny though, Xi never mentioned what it is China is supposed to be Opening Up.
    Not trade, that’s fer durn sure.

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  21. Mike says:

    Excuse me, sanctions must me working…what leader of a country arrives anywhere in a train?

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  22. Xi & kim, President Trump knows games,

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  23. Pyrthroes says:

    Cheese it, guys– they’re onto us!

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  24. El Torito says:

    China’s weakness has always been it’s hand-fisted belligerence. Trump has so outplayed them. I am filled with joy at how Trump has cut off access to our economy -except through making the deal. Every attempt at going around Trump will only cost them more. The arrogance of the Chinese leadership (at all levels) makes it hard for them to even see how badly their economic situation is. We should put a giant military base on those man-made islands in the South China Sea. Protect those International waters. China can’t afford the fight. Paper Dragon. I love Trump.

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  25. Zippy says:

    Two tyrants who both appointed themselves for life, Xi being the more “soft glove” tyrant within his technologically advanced police state. Far too many Americans think that because most all of the junk they buy says “Made in China” on it that China isn’t our MORTAL ENEMY. THEY ARE.

    The Soviet Union was a police state crippled by its economic system. China is a police state ENABLED by capitalism and globalists who would LOVE a capitalism-based police state worldwide have proven the truth of “A capitalist will sell you the rope you hang him with” by exporting US manufacturing to China STUPIDLY believing they’ll capture that huge market as it develops when, in fact, the Chinese will simply STEAL the technology and make their own stuff.

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  26. Zippy says:

    “globalists who would LOVE a capitalism-based police state worldwide”

    Correction: “globalists who would LOVE a CRONY-capitalism-based police state worldwide,” crony capitalism being what we already have.

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