There It is – Chairman Xi Jinping Announces Magnanimous Panda: DPRK Hostage Release is “Correct Direction”…

As we noted on Day #1, if we watch how Beijing scripts the messaging we should be able to identify if Chairman Xi Jinping is taking the dragon approach toward his captive Kim Jong Un, or if Xi would instead reshape the geopolitics by announcing his release of Kim as a hostage: The magnanimous panda approach.  [Critical Background HERE and HERE]

It looks like we have an answer today as Chairman Xi writes a personal op-ed, published on the front page of North Korea’s state newspaper, where Xi is releasing Kim from proxy province captivity:

…”China supports North Korea’s “correct direction” in politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula.”…

Yes, though important details are yet to follow, it appears Beijing is acquiescing to the unrelenting pressure from hostage rescuer President Donald Trump and allowing the DPRK to exit the controlled captivity of China. Likely denuclearization will commence.

SEOUL (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an op-ed in North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday that China supports North Korea’s “correct direction” in politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula.

The front-page op-ed is an honor rarely granted to foreign leaders and comes a day before Xi is set to visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years.

[…] Xi’s visit kicks off a flurry of high-level diplomatic activity around the Korean Peninsula ahead of the G20 summit in Japan later this month. Xi said the two Asian countries will “strengthen our strategic communication and exchanges,” adding that China will firmly support Kim’s achievements in “socialist construction” aimed at economic development and improving people’s lives, according to the newspaper.

Xi said North Korea and China would expand and develop relations in civilian sectors, including education, culture, sports, tourism, youth and rural areas.

“We will actively contribute to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region by strengthening communication and coordination with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” Xi said. China will also engage with other stakeholders “by jointly expediting progress on dialogue and negotiations on the issues of the Korean peninsula,” he added. (read more)

We now enter a phase of great nuance and subtle signaling where we will need to carefully evaluate the scale of hostage release. Obviously western media -writ large- are oblivious to the multidimensional hostage dynamic; heck, most major western media don’t even acknowledge that China controls North Korea… So we have a front row seat to review the generally coded signals.

Two days ago (Monday) Beijing announced Chairman Xi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were scheduled for a bilateral meeting at the G20 (Osaka, Japan – June 28th and 29th).  Obviously Xi has a plan to position the best face for his magnanimous panda approach.  We also know on the issue of DPRK hostage release, Chairman Xi will need to save face against President Trump very carefully (hence the phone call between Xi and Trump on Tuesday).

One way for Xi to avoid the appearance of acquiescence to Trump would be for Xi, with Beijing approval, to place the optic of victory at the feet of Moon Jae-in.  As we noted from the outset the most likely scenario is China positioning themselves as magnanimous panda and South Korea as the beneficiary. Hence the pre-planned G20 meeting.

“Peace is the Prize” ~ Donald Trump

Ultimately, I don’t think President Trump really cares about who gets credit for the victory, hostage release of Chairman Kim, and denuclearization of North Korea. The world will know, though the media will not say, the victory is only because President Trump has outwitted Chairman Xi and his communist regime…. and Trump did that though strategic economic pressure.

For two-and-a-half years U.S. President Trump has been working on two connected objectives: (1) removing the threat posed by North Korea by severing the ability of Beijing to use the proxy province as a weapon (Kim is hostage to China); and (2) deconstructing the growing economic influence of China.

Both issues are directly connected to U.S. national security; and both issues are being approached by President Trump through the use of economic leverage to achieve national security results.

In the dynamic of the denuclearization of North Korea, the most likely scenario is Chairman Xi playing the role of magnanimous panda and *guiding* Chairman Kim Jong Un into the world of nations. Hence the op-ed outlined today.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will be positioned as the hero so that Xi doesn’t look like he lost Kim to Trump.  However, what we don’t know is how much autonomy Chairman Xi will allow Chairman Kim.  It’s the “guiding” part we need to watch closely.

Beijing isn’t going to let Kim go fully antonymous and independent; not when they share a border; and certainly not after generations of strategic influence and control over the DPRK as a proxy province and hedge against the West.  Unfortunately, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will be useless as a counter wedge against the cunning of Xi Jinping in this very important aspect.

Moon is essentially the Asian Obama; and has about as much strategic intelligence, foresight and usefulness, as a bag-of-rocks being used as a weather vane.  Moon is good for the international optics of unification and dancing joyfully etc, but he’s oblivious to how Beijing may infiltrate and influence all things in/around Korea. Ideological naivete’ makes Moon the perfect person for Chairman Xi to work with.

So we need to keep eyes open for the amount of freedom Chairman Xi will give to Chairman Kim; however, simultaneously we can enjoy watching President Trump exploit the shifted dynamic by engaging with Kim as a freed hostage with full independence.

We can expect that President Trump will immediately start engaging with Chairman Kim Jong Un very openly, as if his captivity never existed.  That will drive Beijing bananas, as they will not know of possible private influence by Trump.  In turn, President Trump will know the engagement with Kim will drive Beijing bananas; and so Trump will take the U.S. engagement to even higher levels of independence just to watch the dragon flare his nostrils.  But that’s still a long way from today….

Remember, two connected objectives: (1) removing the threat posed by North Korea by severing the ability of Beijing to use the proxy province as a weapon; and (2) deconstructing the growing economic influence of China.

With #1 achieved, President Trump will still intend to get #2. Heck, Trump has spent 30-years openly advocating for the principle of restoring American wealth. That means the economic pressure will continue until Beijing is defeated. If Chairman Xi expects POTUS Trump to retreat from the massive geopolitical leverage he has created, well, it’s doubtful that will happen.

President Trump has threatened more tariffs and more consequential action as it relates to non-tariff barriers, IP protection, forced technology transfers etc as a result of China reneging on their prior agreement.  Additionally, President Trump has been openly, albeit with coded messages, telling the world North Korea was already no longer a threat.

The best offer -the most likely offer- from President Trump at the G20, is a return to the original 150-page agreement, constructed by USTR Lighthizer and Vice-Premier Liu He, that Beijing and Chairman Xi walked away from.  However, even that offer by President Trump is tenuously optimistic at best, because Trump knows China is on its heels.

President Trump has simply outwitted and outmatched Chairman Xi in this economic confrontation.  While Xi thought he was outmaneuvering his rival, it was President Trump who was the one wearing the Panda mask all along.

In hindsight every move since early 2017 including: (1) the warm welcome of Chairman Xi Jinping to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate; (2) the vociferous praise poured upon Xi; (3) the U.N. sanctions where China and Russia agreed; (4) the November 2017 “golden ticket’ tour of Asia; (5) the direct engagement with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un; (6) the strategic relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; and a host of smaller nuanced moves were all quietly building toward this conclusion.

For President Trump to have navigated Chairman Xi into such a position is the pinnacle of strategic success.  The Chinese culture doesn’t even have a frame of reference for a position that includes ‘less losing’ as their better option.

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304 Responses to There It is – Chairman Xi Jinping Announces Magnanimous Panda: DPRK Hostage Release is “Correct Direction”…

  1. Query. says:

    It’s obvious, Xi has been reading the prescient intel at CTH and now fully understands the hopelessness of his position.
    You think I’m joking.

    Liked by 32 people

    • amwick says:

      No, I think you are spot on. IMO SD knows,,, but he is playing close to the vest. Smart.
      Xi (or a assistant of sorts) and others.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Pf1289 says:

      I think Xi can read the tea leaves too! He knows VSGPDJT is going to win again despite what the Democrats and other globalists tell him.

      One look at the “tens of people” the Democrat wanna be’s are drawing compared to the tens of thousands that VSGPDJT can draw says it all! MAGA!

      Volunteer and vote! MAGA! Make it happen!

      Liked by 15 people

      • doit4atlas says:

        Yep…and it’s all because of our American work ethic and morals. We friggin WORK for than any other country on earth. Without that work ethic (and of course, the economic freedom to create the businesses that employ us) we would not have the economic power to defeat the commie Chinese.

        It’s US folks, and we now have a leader who knows how to leverage the power we create!

        Liked by 8 people

        • CountryDoc says:

          Doit4atlas, there are other countries that work hard (Japan), but their motives and controlling factors are different. Slaves work hard, but they are driven by fear and force. Citizens of free countries work hard, but in proportion to the hope of a good reward for the investment. The very heart of the Declaration from England was due to the belief that all men are created with the right of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Our constitution, after winning independence is designed to protect those three things, and keep the power with the people and away from a concentration of any small group or branch.

          If people believe their work will not be fruitful, they don’t try as hard. The U.S. work ethic has dwindled because our government, lobbying system, justice system, and international relations have been carefully controlled to give our citizens the APPEARANCE of the freedom and opportunity that we had 70 years ago, while what they really did was sold us out.

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          • James Carpenter says:

            It is no coincidence that the damping of perceived (and actual) incentive amongst our youth parallels the growing belief in virtues of “socialism:.

            Liked by 5 people

            • Kay Emig says:

              And, most importantly – the massive drugs use problem. The young people have had limited employment opportunities to ‘get an interesting life.’ Of course in spiritual terms, their lives have no meaning. Bored hopeless people are big targets for the drug trade.

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              • I know we are veering slightly off topic here but you make a very good point Kay Eming.

                I love the Native Americans but their situation can be difficult.

                And the alcohol and drug addiction problems on the reservations are huge.

                Smart, innovative people with a problem of the youth being bored and feeling hopeless.


          • amwick says:

            If people believe their work will not be fruitful, they don’t try as hard.
            Chicken dinner for you…

            Liked by 2 people

      • SwampRatTerrier says:

        And remember our marching orders that President Trump gave last night at the Orlando campaign launch rally.

        VOTE FOR NO DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Nobodysfool says:

      I think Donald Trump is the source of Xi’s ‘understanding’ that it’s time to play ball according to Trump rules. The Art of the Negotiation has never been tested to the degree that Xi has pushed it but Trump will win. He will win because he’s on the right side of the issue and right prevails over wrong, even if it takes awhile.

      There is a good chance that Xi and Trump will emerge from next week’s Summit with some major announcements that will fuel Keep America Great.

      A fair trade deal will be struck and the Xi’s will be graciously entertained at a State Dinner. BHO will be infuriated at the news as he grinds a doobie between his teeth at his South France rental. GWB will shake his head in disbelief and fire up his Stihl in Crawford to take out frustration. The bloated cow, aka, HRC, will drone on about how a fair trade deal with China is just another aspect of Russian Collusion, likely cooked up by Putin. Bitter Haters like Rubio, Romney, Schumer and Pelosi will show up at the gala affair for the photo op, their makeup artists careful to highlight their furrowed brows.

      Many speculate, predict, connect the dots and sometimes some of them nail it, but be not deceived, it is the genius, the steel spine and the incomparable talent of deal making, reading people and great patience of President Donald J. Trump that will bring about a fair trade deal with China AND peace with NK.

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    • destin326 says:

      I quite agree.

      Liked by 1 person

    • We can ONLY HOPE…Great Comment.

      Whoever is in Power NOW are looking very foolish as to what PDJT has done and there is nothing that can be done about it!!!


    • nats1mom says:

      Exactly my thoughts Query.


    • Yahoo says:

      With the kickoff our President’s KAG campaign last night, (millions watched, including Chinese President Xi Jinping) the optics were indispensable for the G20 summit in Japan this weekend. Xi has to commit to negotiations immediately to stop the hemorrhaging of China’s economy. Thank you God! And thank you VSG President Donald J. Trump.

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      Xi also can’t escape getting hit between the eyes (like with the proverbial “2X4”) with this.

      Apple Plans To Shift Up To 30% Of Production Outside China – June 19, 2019

      “Apple has decided the risks of relying so heavily on manufacturing in China, as it has done for decades, are too great and even rising, several people told Nikkei.

      “A lower birthrate, higher labor costs and the risk of overly centralizing its production in one country. These adverse factors are not going anywhere,” said one executive with knowledge of the situation. “With or without the final round of the $300 billion tariff, Apple is following the big trend [to diversify production],” giving itself more flexibility, the person added.”


  2. littleanniefannie says:

    Let the negotiations begin! KAG!!

    Liked by 13 people

  3. You called it! And yes, we always need to be wary of any “guidance” Xi offers…

    Liked by 4 people

  4. littleanniefannie says:

    Nuff said here:

    “Ultimately, I don’t think President Trump really cares about who gets credit for the victory, hostage release of Chairman Kim, and denuclearization of North Korea. The world will know, though the media will not say, the victory is only because President Trump has outwitted Chairman Xi and his communist regime…. and Trump did that though strategic economic pressure.

    For two-and-a-half years U.S. President Trump has been working on two connected objectives: (1) removing the threat posed by North Korea by severing the ability of Beijing to use the proxy province as a weapon (Kim is hostage to China); and (2) deconstructing the growing economic influence of China.‘

    Liked by 16 people

    • FrankieZee says:

      You know he will say XI did a great job in bringing together a good trade package. A skilled deal maker will never embarrass his opponent. Also y Trump doing this, XI will save face with his people. A win win all the way around.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Geotech says:

        I guess you could say our VSGPOTUS has forced a “win-win” deal on Xi in spite of the inability of the ccp (and the Chinese culture) to understand such a thing. Quite an achievement!


        • There will be no deal with China. We will just let the clock run out on their economy and Xi’s rule as 1 belt one road becomes a distant, silly memory.
          The tariffs will remain and the Yuan will continue its tailspin. POTUS will continue hinting a deal is imminent as US importers delay orders from China 3 months… 6 months… a year. In the process they will have eliminated China as a choice having found reliable suppliers elsewhere.


  5. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    This gave me a good laugh:

    “Moon is essentially the Asian Obama; and has about as much strategic intelligence, foresight and usefulness, as a bag-of-rocks being used as a weather vane.”

    POTUS doesn’t need conventional warfare. He’s far beyond that. His economic combat renders almost any troop engagement unnecessary.

    As Stephen Moore has said, if POTUS gets a deal done with China before the 2020 election then he’s going to win 40 states. Let’s hope it happens.

    Liked by 23 people

    • Devil in the Blue Drapes says:

      “As Stephen Moore has said, if POTUS gets a deal done with China before the 2020 election then he’s going to win 40 states. Let’s hope it happens”.

      The dems are keenly aware should DJT get a deal w/China, the stock market sky rockets and 2020 is all but lost to them. Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding the 3rd traunch of tariffs is but a show for their constituents, but we all know a deal with China is the last thing they want. Their last hope would be for Chairman Powell to raise rates Q1-2/2020.

      “Moon… is oblivious to how Beijing may infiltrate and influence all things in/around Korea”.

      IIRC, I read it here at CTH, Moon has strong familial ties to NK, ergo, while his political self interest lies w/SK, his ideological heart belongs to NK. That he continues to break US/UN imposed sanctions is further proof he’s a DMZ straddler.

      IMO Xi has carefully assessed the situation as relates to timing (2020), external support (CoC/Wall Street/Uniparty/MSM), as yet unadopted USMCA, the looming 3rd traunch of tariffs, and the geopolitical saber rattling between Iran/Russia/US. That’s a lot of spinning plates to be sure.

      DJT has him on the ropes, the likes of which China has never faced…the question remains, does Xi believe in luck?

      Liked by 7 people

      • 1800e says:

        Xi’s careful assessment of 2020 is becoming less of a question mark and the “(CoC/Wall Street/Uniparty/MSM)” element is not as dependable a support system either. PDJT is in the long and patient process of pulling the Jenga blocks out one by one.

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    • And the DEVIL is in the details!!! Love it!!!

      Liked by 3 people

    • Carrie2 says:

      MakeAmericaGreat, you showed my favorite TV show – the A Team. All looks lost and the other meanies winning, but with smart moves the A-Team wins and justice is served. Yep, our President works the same way – a great leader making sure that justice is done not only for our country but for others. Will be interesting to see if Xi carries thru and thus save face. End of his month will be well worth watching!

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  6. cthulhu says:

    Just, wow…..I knew and understood that VSGPOTUSDJT was doing something new and different, powerful and potent, with the Koreas. I thought it might show benefits in a decade or so…..and here we are. Wow. We wake up in a different tomorrow.

    Liked by 15 people

  7. Pyrthroes says:

    We stand agog. In this carefully calibrated psycho-social/behavioral rather than conventional geopolitical-military analysis –complex, but coherent on every level– Sundance manifestly hits nail-on-head again.

    Bull-headed American as we are, it’s nice to see Pres. Trump credited with this historic drive to defuse the rancorous hostility blighting Korean people’s prospects for 65 years since Panmunjom in 1954. Like the 70-year Arab-Israeli conflict, NATO defense, other relatively low-key contexts from the Persian Gulf to U.S. trade agreements, resolving intractable issues over 29 months our serious but far-from-solemn Chief Executive makes everything seem easy. Absent recognition for seminal accomplishments, Trump goes his Aurelian way… to his malignant, pusillanimous, scatter-brained opponents, History will not be kind.

    Congrats to CTH; kudos to Pres. Trump; and above all, thank Heaven for the American electorate wise enough to give this American Original a powerful mandate in November 2016.

    Liked by 21 people

  8. waltherppk says:

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  9. littledan says:

    Xi had to know it was big trouble for little China. Not much of a leader if he didn’t. Worse there was absolutely nothing he could do. Same for all the rest of them fighting Trump over economy. Problem for them all was, for so many years, tying their economies to the US because of access to corrupt pay-to-play politicians. Now when push comes to shove and Trump leverages the US economy against them they were dead in the water before it ever began. Only the Mexican President seems to get Trump’s play and is “working” with the US. Remember, the USMCA came together quickly between US and Mexico. All in all, Trump is making it look easy. Maybe we all should be thanking the weak prior administrations regards China. Seems the over-confident Chinese never had a plan B. Trump is still the smartest man in the room.

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    • genjake says:

      Still have a long way to go guys… First domino was Saudi Arabia, the second is North Korea and the last is Iran. Iran is the toughest nut but we’ve got them on the ropes too. Just need a nudge from somewhere to tip them over.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Greg says:

        Speaking of Iran, a church acquaintances daughter was married several months ago. The husband is in the Military,(I don’t know the branch) he was supposed to come home on leave for two weeks last week. His leave was cancelled and he is being deployed to the ME, he doesn’t know exactly where.


      • Linda K. says:

        You know, in the 1970’s , Iran was a very westernized country. Many Iranians sent their children to the United States to attend college and the French colonial influence was very evident in their culture. Iran was Persia in days of old, a forward moving society.

        Liked by 3 people

        • jebg46 says:

          So very true. I had a Persian young woman staying with my family when she was taking ESL, English Second Language, at a small NH college during holidays and semester breaks.. She was heartbroken over the Iranian hostage situation. We used her as an interpreter when we got swamped by Iranian students fleeing during their revolution. Her doctor brother-in-law was executed for being related to the perceived wrong side. She was never able to return home because her father had worked for the Shah. There’s no way she’d put on a burka.

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  10. waltherppk says:

    I’ll drink to that …..

    Liked by 26 people

  11. TigerBear says:

    Whoa, never believed I see China even hint at releasing NK and yet here I am reading about it.
    Just amazing, although it is just the beginning….it is HUGE!

    God Bless America and the awesome man he has placed as our President!!!

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  12. Publius2016 says:

    The question is will Communist China accept Private Property and Intellectual property protections?

    why multiNationals invest in a place with only land leases and theft shows the Globalists’ corruption or nefarious plan: ie they want universal communism?

    Xi has not given NK more autonomy but actually proclaiming Communist China interests in SK…Moon is a Globalist…

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    • Merln says:

      yes, Moon is a Globalist, but more, he is the front for the Korean Deep State. Did you hear Trump talk about the new Trade Agreement for South Korea? He is reining in the South Korean DS/CB as well. Remember, Xi is the head of the Chinese DS/CB as well as the CCP. The Globalists put all of their hope for 1World into China; all of the wealth from EU and USA was being transferred their, but not anyMore.
      Will Xi accept the limitations that are being IMPOSED by Trump? Watch, he has no choice; the alternative will be re-imposition of all tariffs at 50%. The THREAT will be made, just like for Mexico. Companies are leaving China by 100s, if not 1000s. 100s of small banks have already failed in China.

      Liked by 5 people

    • The Fountianhead says:

      I think the answer is no on both counts and Trump and his negotiators understand this. It appears economic disengagement with China is the ultimate goal.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jerry Joe says:

      Interesting angle of thought. Wee bit of the pot calling the kettle black though, unfortunately and Alinskyish. We don’t recognize real property rights in this country either. The real question is whether our VSGPOTUSDJT is merely practicing around the world restoring other people’s freedoms before restoring ours? Taxes without representation, rights to life, 4th and 8th Amendments. Well, they are all important, actually.

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  13. Annie says:

    You know, the thing about POTUS is, he’s just being American. It’s really that simple. He’s just being America’s president, loving America unapologetically, always with an eye towards what’s best for America. It sounds so simple, but it’s radical today. It shouldn’t be. But it is.

    I cannot describe how glad I am he won. He’s just got to win again.

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  14. Mark L. says:

    The book is still out on Xi. Does he read the CTH or does he believe what he is told by confidants around him?

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Kristin DeBacco says:

    …“President Trump has simply outwitted and outmatched Chairman Xi in this economic confrontation. While Xi thought he was outmaneuvering his rival, it was President Trump who was the one wearing the Panda mask all along.”

    Peace is the prize. We here all will know who is the driver on this NoKo/Chicom trip. We need to make sure everyone in our country knows as the press will not go its job.

    Well done Mr. President!!

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  16. JustScott says:

    “S. Korea Decides to Give 50,000 Tons of Rice to N. Korea”

    Liked by 4 people

    • Hoosier says:

      Wouldn’t it be something if the NORKs denuke and our VSGPOTUS uses Chinese tariff bucks to buy ag to donate to the NORKs. Talk about kismet. China pays for the aid to the farmers and to the former Chinese hostage. It is not like China is not going to come hat in hand for food given the worm issue (50% grain loss possible) and pork issue (50% + loss possible.) They can’t feed their masses at 100% production. The Chinese are between a rock and a hard place. Toss in the HK debacle. The CCP has their collective butts puckered. A hungry population is an angry population.

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  17. Davenh says:

    I believe PDJT is the first American President who has been willing to use economic warfare as opposed to military warfare. Amazing, no one has either understood or thought about applying pressure via trade and access to the American market. Much more effective. And the savings in American lives and blood are well worth it.

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    • Pf1289 says:

      Actually, the globalists have been using economic warfare for a long time. Trouble is, it was against us, not for us. MAGA!

      Liked by 15 people

      • sDee says:

        “Trouble is, it was against us, not for us.”

        Yes! That is it.

        Then, using the money they extracted from us with their economic war, they steal more money by starting military wars.

        The world is not as complex as it seems once one understands globalism.

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    • CharterOakie says:

      Yet simultaneously aggressively rebuilding US military deterrent power and proclaiming it loudly and repeatedly. Just to be sure adversaries and competitors don’t badly miscalculate their strategic moves.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      And Roosevelt used economic warfare to try and restrain Japan pre WWII.


    • vikingmom says:

      Reagan used it to bring down the Soviet Union in the 1980s, all without firing a shot.The trouble was his feckless VP got into office and immediately started reversing all the gains he had made so the Bear was able to rebuild and recover.

      And the current situation with China, which Donald Trump saw happening in real time, began in earnest under Billy Jeff Clinton and Algore, who openly took bribes from the Chinese and began handing over our technology to them in exchange for political power.

      George W Bush was so busy chasing shadows in the Middle East in order to keep the Industrial Military Complex fully employed that he didn’t even notice what was happening in the Far East and once Obama was in the White House, all pretense was dropped and our economy was simply sold to the highest bidder, courtesy of the US Congress, most of whom have been on the payroll of the Chinese government for years!

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  18. RJ says:

    So, you’re saying that Trump (acting as The Dog Whisperer) has gotten permission to work with North Korea because of economic leverages he placed on China, right? Ok, I’ll buy that idea. So Trump brings North Korea out of the dark ages onto the stage of international well being by doing what?

    Shoving big bucks into the North Korean economy just like America did for the last 40 years into China? Ok, I’ll buy that too. Take all these communists and turn them into capitalists, right?

    Sounds great, except for one salient fact: Take a close look at the Chinese military establishment. See all their shiny toys and smartly dressed warriors? Yea, even look at those little, new islands.

    A sense of pride, open for all to see…just waiting to be tested. Meanwhile, did you happen to see the Obamas jet off for a super luxury vacay? Did you see Michelle play that ball game? When Joe Biden trips up who will step in to take his place?

    The secret weapon to stab America in it’s back is not done, the job will continue with more smoke and mirrors coming our way. Michelle is to have her “front and center” stage moment, courtesy of China and Russia. If you think B. Hussein Obama doesn’t have the “greatest hatred” for Donald Trump you know nothing about malignant narcissism.

    I hope I am wrong, misguided and losing my senses due to advanced age issues.

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    • David A says:

      RJ, yes, POTUS has talked about the economic potential of N.K.
      However, I do not think he intends a repeat of China from the 1990s.

      When, in answer to a question about the Nobel Prize, P. Trump said “Peace is the prize” I think he meant exactly that. Many in ASIA would benefit economically by a prosperous and peaceful N.K., including China. Yes, America would invest as well, but this would be structured to benefit Asia.

      The heavy investment by P. Trump into the US military is for a reason, and should not be discounted as a significant part of P. Trumps leverage. Economically and militarily the way is blocked. The wall is Trump’s will directing U.S. policy. War is mitigated by the consequences of war being shown to be horrendously self destructive, and providing a face saving positive alternative.

      The extremely biased US media will aid Trump here, desperate to give anyone but Trump credit for a peaceful and prosperous resolution, they will praise the Panda, who overcame the cowboy bully diplomacy of Trump.

      You are correct that the rule the world statists will never give up.
      Human need for freedom will never give up either. If P. Trump succeeds, B.H.O. will be a sad foot note in U.S. history.

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      • Janie M. says:

        David A, ozero ALREADY is “a sad foot note in U.S. history” on many fronts.

        Liked by 2 people

        • lisabrqwc says:

          I prefer to say Obamanation is a stain on U.S. history… like something we need to wipe off the bottom of our shoes.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Janie M. says:

            lisab, I truly believe he’s a jive huckster, a creation molded by Brennan/Ayers/other unknown nefarious entities. When he served in the IL senate, it was noted, he often voted “present” so he wouldn’t have a negative voting record to haunt him (probably being prepped back then for an eventual run for the WH).

            It is my understanding he followed the same voting patter when he was in the US Senate. I had never heard of him. When his run for the presidency was announced, I didn’t even know who he was. BTW, I never voted for him.

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      • sDee says:

        “I do not think he intends a repeat of China from the 1990s.”

        Correct. He does not at all intend that. China was never designed as capitalism. It will not make it through this intact. It is an artificial system propped up by the globalists and central banks.

        China was never intended by the Globalists to become an free market capitalist system. The term coined was “State Capitalism”. Basically a government controlled/sanctioned environment based on stolen IP, slave labor and an entitled professional class.

        The China we see today was designed by them to give the globalists the innovation and productivity of America, without these “unruly citizens” that liberty and freedom provide.

        Godspeed, Donald Trump.

        “”The Rise of Innovative State Capitalism
        After years in the dark, state-run economies such as China’s are now cutting-edge. Is free-market capitalism obsolete?””

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        I view North Korea as an economic development zone with the participation of South Korea and Japan for starters. China will view this as an opportunity to push back against forces reducing their ability to shoplift IP, goods and services.

        The nuclear threat has probably been overstated since China has probably had control over this for fear of the North Korea instability. Still, eliminating them is a valuable contribution to stability in the region.


        • RJ says:

          Note the civil unrest in Hong Kong. Keep in mind all those who live on Taiwan, for the mainland leaders drool for control there too. Old Joe Tex song: “Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand’s doin!” PS. I miss Lido Beach.


    • CharterOakie says:

      Not at all implausible.


    • cantcforest says:

      I too have age issues. My hope is that AG Barr dumps a boatload of sunshine on Ozero very soon, and RICOs Soros. Otherwise, your Michelle nightmare could well become reality.

      Liked by 3 people

    • TreeClimber says:

      Donald Trump doesn’t give fish. He teaches how to fish.

      Liked by 1 person

    • bluebongo says:

      @RJ. Your assessment of Chinese military capability is a bit rosy. One ancient carrier, and one or two “stealth fighters” is not much of a threat. Their combat capability is extremely limited by severe command and control and a complete lack of autonomy within ranks. A 200 million man Army with small arms that can’t go anywhere isn’t a strategic threat. Like the US they do have nukes….that will never be used.

      Besides, the CCCP clings to power solely by economic production, and our ESGPOTUSDJT has that by the balls.

      It’s over, we win, they lose….to quote Trump’s only rival in success in recent history.


      • RJ says:

        Me, I plan for the worst, hope for the best!

        Maybe you should visit your local Wal-Mart, go to the tool section and examine those vise grip Chinese knock offs. This is their 3rd generation…note the excellence of manufacture, think of the machinery that cranks these puppies out so you can buy them very cheaply. Ask some Korean vets how the Chinese military fights, realizing that was over 65 years ago. Then take a closer look at recent video of their Chairman reviewing his troops. Keep thinking they are losers when it comes to war…plan for the worst, hope for the best…know your enemy, think like your enemy.

        “I never saw that coming!” “They said it couldn’t happen!” “Who in their right mind would use nukes?” And finally, “are you kidding?”


        • CirclinTheDrain says:

          And those vise grips last no more than 2 years before breaking. Their machining skills as far as I have seen, are very amateurish. Their bridges fall apart because they short the cement in the concrete. All of Chinese manufacturing is built on fraud, and their entire economy is built on debt. They can only sustain that debt if they keep their #1 trading “partner”, the US.

          They declare war of any type on the US and NATO/EU comes into play – they lose their 2 largest trading partners and they have no economy. They can’t feed their own people now without importing food; what will they do when their food imports stop ?

          They cannot sustain a supply line across the Pacific ocean, so no fear of invasion on US soil. Do you think they are going to try ICBMs ? Maybe an EMP attack? Again, besides the risk of themselves being annihilated, what comes after that ? Recycle to #1 and @2 above – they still lose their economy, their food supply, and their people starve.

          No, militarily there is little fear the Chinese will try something along those lines. That would be a last-ditch, desperation move from which they won’t expect to survive either. It will be economic or nothing.


        • felipe says:

          Circlin: I agree with your assessment of overall product quality emanating from China. The “excellence of mfg” is not bad from a fit & finish standpoint, but in many, many cases it’s the poor quality of the raw materials that appear to create the problems. Some random examples I’ve personally experienced: More than 80% of the BBQ grills sold in the U.S. are manufactured by one Chinese company, Nexgrill. The fit and finish are good, but the poor quality of the “stainless steel” being used begins to rust and corrode within months; the terrible quality of Chinese rubber products (tires, tool grips, etc.) has been widely reported; quality of paint finishes and adhesives often very poor; plated metal finishes poor; Chinese roller bearings; pharmaceuticals, pet food, etc., etc. These are systemic issues that should have/could have been addressed by now, but my sense is it’s actually getting worse rather than better over time. Have you ever visited a Harbor Freight tool store?


  19. geoffcsaltine says:

    This is very good news to wake up to.

    Liked by 7 people

  20. Austin Holdout says:

    The analysis on this issue here at CTH has been very illuminating and accurate. I hope Sundance is right that this is a real capitulation and not a fake one. Cautious optimism anyone?

    Liked by 9 people

  21. TwoLaine says:

    Now, let’s all eat some beautiful pieces of chocolate cake! 😉

    Liked by 6 people

  22. amwick says:

    I needed this article. Bag of rocks, bananas, dragons, hostages, these are all concepts I can follow. SD is an expert at the granular aspects of global economy(how is that for an oxymoron), I can see that…. good thing he can translate that for people like me. This latest article was optimistic, and informative. TY.

    Liked by 14 people

  23. Dan Patterson says:

    The implications of that op-ed will reverberate for years. Very big move.
    What might the next move by China be? Changes to hierarchy, clamp-down on civil liberties, military aggression (Africa comes to mind as a battle ground)? Something will be done to balance the scales and allow a Chinese victory on one field or another.


  24. TwoLaine says:

    NOTE: The date on the graphic, which says it all as succinctly as possible, is Aug 2017.

    Liked by 5 people

  25. Peoria Jones says:

    FTA: Xi said the two Asian countries will “strengthen our strategic communication and exchanges,” adding that China will firmly support Kim’s achievements in “socialist construction” aimed at economic development and improving people’s lives, according to the newspaper.

    Any ideas on exactly what “socialist construction” might entail? I sometimes wonder about the choice of words in translation.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. aisheschayal says:

    Something I’ve learned about really good real estate agents, they want both sides to win, the seller and the buyer, and to take a good percentage from the sale to boot. His background prepared him to be the perfect world trade negotiator and peace maker. God bless him and his endeavors, it’s truly awesome to watch.

    Liked by 8 people

    • GB Bari says:

      Yes! Hasn’t that been one of PDJT’s oft-repeated desires: that both sides win?
      He simply wants parity in trade deals, where the U.S. isn’t put into another deficit situation.

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Bogeyfree says:

    Now the only thing missing is…….

    Will AG Barr uphold the rule of law and indict those who planned, organized and participated in the fraud and frame job intending to take down a sitting President of the United States?

    Liked by 4 people

    • I think that the answer to that question is, without a doubt, “yes.” That’s why he returned to the position. But, he’s not going to reveal. He’s not going to leak. He’s not going to pre-announce. They’re going to build cases that can withstand the best defense lawyers that money can buy, and when these hammer-blows hit the guilty they won’t get back up.

      Yes, “it’s payback time” – but not, per se, for Trump. It’s payback time for the justice and intelligence communities, who know damned well how their powers were abused by politics.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Rob says:

      It’s starting to look like the House and POTUS are in a temporary stalemate. The House wants to impeach, but they seem to be waiting until POTUS and AG show their hand as far as deep state indictments and/or criminal evidence. Meanwhile, POTUS seems to be waiting for the House to move forward with impeachment before unleashing Barr, Durham, Horowitz, etc.. and the reports.


    • Mark McQueen says:

      Am I the only one who finds it ironic that PDT is perceived by almost everyone at CTH as the Grand Master of strategy and maneuver and sure to be a winner in all things… BUT… “Spygate”?


      • cjakers says:

        It is funny indeed. All of us here know VSGDJT is a very, very smart man. People with TDS or who simply hate him for no reason think he is the dumbest president ever. I’ll never get it. The man has accomplished so much!

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  28. As I have said before, and not magnanimously, “future historians will write more about this President than they did about Abraham Lincoln.” Neither President was fully appreciated in his time. But here we are, watching it, living it.

    Even as entrenched political enemies continue obsessively to nip at his heels, Trump has accomplished more in 2-1/2 years than all of his predecessors taken together did in thirty. He has done it, quite frankly, by being smarter than any of them were. He is approaching the business world from the point-of-view of a master negotiator who became a “b”illionaire in the private sector first. He’s using economics to accomplish what aircraft carriers can’t. And, quite frankly, he is making idiots of his opposition, who ==still== cannot comprehend that the way forward is to work with this man rather than against him.

    Trump ==is== going to be the “last man standing” in 2020, and there will be a decided Republican majority in both Houses of Congress for a very long time to come, and the “Angry Democrats” will have done it to themselves.

    Liked by 6 people

    • cantcforest says:

      i hope for a majority of Trump partisans in both Houses of Congress. How this is achieved with the Rinos, Never-Trumpers, cheating Libs, Deep State … hanging around is not at all a given. Tillis is my personal nightmare.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mariner says:

        It won’t be.

        Over the next year and a half the Never-Trumpers, Deep State and Democrats are going down.


        And they won’t get back up.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Jim in TN says:

      I hate the previous thirty years comparison. Only because it includes the last two years of Reagan. Yes, Reagan suffered the Iran-Contra scandal, but the scandal didn’t make him powerless like Nixon, or Ford pre-pardon. He obtained the INF treaty in the year after the scandal became public. And the Berlin Wall fell less than one year after Reagan was president. This began the collapse of the Soviet Union’s empire, ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union itself two years later. The latter was guided, for good or ill, by Bush, but the process started because of Reagan.


      • CirclinTheDrain says:

        As much as Reagan was a good President, he accomplished almost nothing on the domestic economy and in fact, the rot to globalism started in the last 2 years of his 8 years, around 1986. We didn’t give him a CONgress he could work with and it showed. Trump by comparison has accomplished so much more, both domestic and foreign, that it makes Reagan look almost puny…altho not as miniscule as Bush/Clinton/Bush

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  29. mr.piddles says:

    Verrrrrrryyyyy interesting.

    Now if we could only get Nervous Nancy Pelosi and Cryin’ Chuck Schumer to follow the “correct direction” then we’d be cookin’ with gas.

    Liked by 6 people

  30. cantcforest says:

    I think I read a Sundance article about China and Little Rocket Man several years ago and thought “DAMN”.
    Now this: DAMN.
    I’m coming to believe that you,Sundane, and President Trump are telepaths in constant communication.
    Whatever. Thank you very much for all you do!

    Liked by 3 people

  31. trapper says:

    Watch for tons of Chinese money to pour into democrat campaign coffers in the 2020 elections, just like it did for the Clintons and Obama. China’s last hope is putting a democrat in the white house in 2020, and I expect thec chicoms will not be subtle, which will probably include funding and organizing civil unrest through their “culture” clubs.

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  32. Rob says:

    So this is good news, but what will POTUS give up for it? If nothing, then I assume China will simply back track sometime after G20. And I don’t think Trump should give any concessions on trade or IP issues, since these are unrelated to the NK nuclear issue.


  33. L. E. Joiner says:

    If I may repeat a speculation from yesterday. . .

    With today’s Xi-penned op-ed, and his plans to meet with Moon of South Korea, I wonder if we are not seeing the precursors to a reunification of the two Koreas.

    Xi might be willing to give up China’s North Korean puppet for a neutral, non-nuclear, unified Korea. And I wonder if President Trump might not find that an appealing prospect. A unified Korean market might be a way of compensating China for the shrinking US market under Mr Trump’s tariff policies, and also enable XI to save face as a high-level peacemaker. /LEJ


  34. mariner says:

    Since Peace Is The Prize it would help if we shift our rhetoric away from “defeating” China or Chairman Xi.

    Part of why we are where we are now is that we’ve adopted the war-fighting rhetoric of the Deep State, and since the 1940s we’ve been constantly “at war” with the enemy du jour (N. Koreans, Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis, Libyans, Lebanese…) and even with nouns (“War on Poverty”, “War on Drugs”) because every issue is “the moral equivalent of war”.

    President Trump is leading the United States toward peaceful existence and beneficial trade with other countries, and for it to work we’ll need to learn to talk and even think differently of the world and our place in it.

    Liked by 4 people

  35. alliwantissometruth says:

    Is President Trump brilliant and does his strategy on the world stage reflect that brilliance?

    Yes, most definitely. Few could position all the pieces and play the hand like President Trump

    With that said, we still need to remember the Presidents pro-American stance is something that’s not been seen in global affairs in many decades

    Past Presidents were either globalist puppets, anti-American ideologues and/or incompetent seat warmers, who gave away the store and handed over the keys

    World leaders have never seen anything like Trump, a strong street brawler with business sense, strategic brilliance and ironclad fortitude

    They’re simply stunned, not knowing which way to turn as President Trump paints them all into a corner

    We’ve always been the biggest dog in the fight. The difference today is now that dog is baring it’s fangs and proving it’s the smartest and toughest

    Liked by 5 people

    • Perot Conservative says:

      This sentence is brilliant: “Past Presidents were either globalist puppets, anti-American ideologues and/or incompetent seat warmers, who gave away the store and handed over the keys”

      Let’s look at the list – am I close?

      Eisenhower – America First & rebuild Europe
      Kennedy – limited time
      Johnson – seat warmer
      Nixon – opened China; governed as a Liberal
      Ford – seat warmer, Veto power+
      Carter – Globalist; handed over Panama Canal
      Reagan – America First, USSR+, Amnesty-
      Bush I – seat warmer?
      Clinton – Globalist: handed technology & WTO to China; NAFTA gutted USA
      Bush II – incompetent? 2 Wars still going
      Obama – Globalist, anti-American
      Trump – MAGA

      Please comment.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mark McQueen says:

        LBJ was certainly not a seat warmer, IMO. He did every bit as much damage to the USA as Obama. Directly responsible for the Vietnam quagmire and created the Welfare State. He was the prototypical “Liberal Democrat” President.

        Liked by 1 person

      • alliwantissometruth says:

        I’d say Kennedy was in the process of forming a more concrete alliance between the Globalists and Liberals. He was too stupid to understand the Marxist influence

        LBJ was an incompetent seat warmer who did much damage by taking orders via Marxist influence

        Bush 1, massive Globalist power builder

        Bush 2, incompetent Globalist puppet


  36. Garavaglia says:

    Sounds promising. Hasn’t happened yet.


  37. babrightlight says:

    What’s the likelihood of another bluff from China? They play Panda and lead North Korea to the verge of signing a nuclear proliferation treaty for the Korean peninsula, have the US-China trade deal ready for signing all by this time next year, then turn Dragon, walk away, KJU starts lobbing ballistic missiles…all happening 5 months before our election to give the media and Dems the ammunition that Trump is a failure and the US needs to elect another president. Can they wait over a year on a trade deal and play the long game?


    • L. E. Joiner says:

      Certainly a possibility, raising the interesting question: What can President Trump do to forestall it? /LEJ


    • Scott says:

      Don’t think Trump will wait that long to increase tariffs on China. Xi and President Covfefe have a G20 meeting soon. We will see then how serious China is in coming to the table. If Trump thinks they are stalling, he won’t put up with it. Surely he and his strategists know China could do such a thing, so you cut them off at the pass. Make them agree well before elections.

      China could take advantage of “developing” NK with foreign investment. China can steer things their way to a point, making some money they really need. I don’t know how fertile NK is, but some modern farming from US farmers could yield a lot of food for both NK and China. China could set up factories in NK (developing nation status, so no globull warming regulations) and possibly bypass some tariffs.

      Lots of interesting stuff on the horizon.


    • Zippy says:

      Exactly. I’ll believe the good news when it actually happens.


  38. Chip Doctor says:

    Sundance, thank you for feeding my new found addiction for all things China with this great informative article. Ended yesterday, and started today with a big bang!

    Liked by 2 people

  39. betseyross says:

    I am beginning to actually believe that not only is Trump going to win in 2020, but the rest of the world knows it. It is difficult no matter how fake the news is to sometimes have doubts, but for some reason this has been a turning point in my thinking. Thank you Sundance for your tireless commentary and also for the repetition you do. These concepts are difficult for my poor little brain to comprehend, but from now on, I will be so much more positive on everything.

    At the beginning of the year when we were waiting out the government closure the President said this would be a good year. Nancy and Chucky were gloating that they thought they had the President over a barrel. Slowly the news kept getting better and better. Nancy and Chucky are just annoying little gnats who have made themselves, for all intents and purposes, irrelevant. So far the year is half over and Donald Trump just keeps unveiling the ‘good’ that he promised. So much more to come. I am stoked!

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  40. Perot Conservative says:

    Great news. Treepers, what was the “the U.N. sanctions where China and Russia agreed” ?

    Two items of note.

    1. Xi at Mar-a-lago; and in the middle of dinner Trump gives the order to drop some bombs down a rat hole in Syria. Heads exploded at the time, esp given Chinese sensibilities. (Disrespectful?)

    This sent a clear message Trump was unconventional, or even erratic to his enemies (including MSM); and he would use the Military without blinking.

    2. GIANT bicycles said they would go back to China if the 25% tariff were lifted.

    3. Sweetness. What if companies move from China … to North Korea? Ouch.


    • Perot Conservative says:

      Possible Negatives?

      1. Can Trump resist taking credit? For 6 years? Really? I hope so.

      2. Can Trump resist Bolton’s urge to go to war in Iran? And why is Pompeo so war happy? Let Norway, UAE, the EU, and Japan handle it.

      A conflagration in the Middle East can easily spiral out of control. We have a SURPLUS of energy! And maximum economic pressure. Why the rush?

      Military involvement there could easily lose Trump 2 key groups: Independents; and soccer Moms. He doesn’t need to lose all of them, just some. And a young black man will be killed in an unfortunate police shooting somewhere, and the MSM-Democrat Hydra will feast on that 24/7.

      Get USMCA passed. Ink a Japan deal. Build more border security (Wall).


  41. ZurichMike says:

    Wow! Such a nice thing to read about today. Thank you for posting and the analysis.

    Liked by 1 person

  42. The Kenyan Zero and Cankles are gonna be none too happy to see another piece of “Hate America First” collapse. I say let Moon have the “victory” as that could strengthen Moon’s ties with PDJT since Moon knows who really made him (and SoKo) look good (and safer).

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  43. Gary Lacey says:

    Lets keep an eye on Tom Donahue @ CofC, it/he may signal the next move by the globalists.


  44. The Gipper Lives says:

    The only thing the #Professional Liars care about is “How can we spin this against Trump?” So pathetic.

    Prediction: They will try to give credit for the success to ‘the great statesman Xi’ instead of the president, just as they tried to credit Gorbachev instead of President Reagan. With some sloppy seconds for Barry’s “Asian Pivot” nothingburger,

    What an awesome president we have–thank you Lord!

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  45. CountryDoc says:

    Our VSG PDJT wins because he operates with transparency, honesty, and operates by fundamentally universal principles of Truth: Do unto others … , is but one of them. He gives everyone a chance to work with him on Win/Win, even if he knows you are a killer. He knows how to kill as well, and creates many layers of contingency for the worst outcome. When his opponent comes around to reality, and realizes he has no choice but to submit — Trump shows his grace, allows them to come back to the win-win, because that will produce the best long term, sustainable agreement, and require less maintenance.

    I don’t think our President has always been as God driven as he is now. I think he has been humbled by the obvious power, at the spiritual level, in the principles of MAGA. I think he has been amazed at the incredible results against the numerous foes he is facing internally in this country. I think his faith is growing, as the visibility of who the author is of the principles he has been discovering in “The Art of the Deal”.

    In the last 3 years, I have seen less cockiness, more humility, more operation from the strength of Faith in principles, and I think he has been just as amazed as the rest of us. Through his actions, the wisdom of God has become more apparent to us, and to the world. Through his actions and the sunlight he has been shedding on the evil in this country, the wisdom of our country’s founders, also forged in a faith in God, has become more visible.

    Our country is a republic, designed to keep the power with the people. We will not be able to “keep it” (as Jefferson expressed fear that we could not), unless the people as a whole have wisdom and humility to freely follow the Creator around whom our government was designed.

    And I will throw this in: As an American, I could not have the hope, and I would not still have the faith that I do today, were it not for the excellent journalism of Sundance. So on this morning, at the dawn of MAGA 2.0, I want to acknowledge and inexpressible gratitude for Sundance.

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  46. Kent says:

    ….now to uncoil their expansion into the South China Sea…and Africa…and South America..and technology….and our very own Senators and Representatives pockets and ‘business’ dealings….

    What’s left is decades of deceit, intentional ignorance and selfish self-enrichment by our ‘leaders’; both in our own nation and those of our ‘allies’….

    The unwinding of worldwide Chinese influence utilizing the exfiltrated wealth of the West will be a tough and long road to travel but it can be accomplished in the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill…..NEVER GIVE UP!


    Liked by 2 people

    • Mark McQueen says:

      It takes a lot of money to project power like that AND keep your own population relatively “happy”. Take away the money, such expansionism stops. reference, Russia.


      • Kent says:

        I believe it may come to that…..the chi-comms have no intention of cease and desist in their goals….indeed many in their governing council likely have no concept of any other goal than worldwide domination.

        The Left leaning governments of the world…which seems to be most of them, led by corrupted big media….will be the biggest obstacle to righting this listing world ship…and our president will continue to stand virtually alone against the spread of totalitarian ideologies….but stand he, and we, will.

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  47. NJF says:

    Xi no likey.


  48. bluebongo says:

    Winning, bigly.


  49. bkrg2 says:

    I am enjoying my front row seat to witness history being made on a daily basis. Watching President Trump work his brilliance is just incredible.

    Meanwhile the MSM, Uniparty, and sheeple have no clue what is going on.

    Liked by 1 person

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