Beijing Yanks DPRK Chain – North Korea Envoy: “denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiating table”…

China controls North Korea; essentially as a proxy province.  As a result Beijing controls the messaging from the DPRK.  Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping is the captor and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un is the captive – it’s essentially a hostage dynamic.  The historic objective has been to use DPRK aggression as a hedge against the west.

Predictably there was going to come a moment when Chairman Xi realized the trade negotiations by his adversary, President Trump, were a hall of mirrors.  The U.S. President has played China by using their own panda-mask strategy against them.

President Trump achieved his goal when no-one was paying attention. The goal was a decoupling from China on economic terms.  Strategic decoupling has been underway for over a year.   There is no actual intent to reach a trade deal with China where the U.S. drops the tariffs and returns to holding hands with a happy panda playing by new rules. This fictional narrative is a figment of fantasy being sold by a financial media that cannot fathom a U.S. President would be so bold as to just walk away from China.

For almost three 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 projected Beijing narrative was Chairman Xi Jinping playing the role of magnanimous panda and *guiding* Chairman Kim Jong Un into the world of nations.  This strategy was pure cunning; as it would look magnanimous to the world, but Xi would always retain control over Kim…

The Magnanimous Panda ploy was a false optic; and President Trump through direct contact with Chairman Kim knew it.

President Trump portrayed himself as buying-in to the Magnanimous Panda scheme of Chairman Xi.  However, the unorthodox approach of having frequent contact and direct communication with Chairman Kim Jong-un muted Beijing’s control as puppeteer.

The Beijing central authority, while negotiating with President Trump over trade issues, did not initially realize that President Trump was also wearing a panda mask.

President Trump looked like he was being earnest, deliberate and patient; but in reality President Trump was achieving his goal.  Here’s the ‘ah-ha’ moment.

….The current status with China was the final objective.

President Trump is not currently engaged in a substantive trade agreement in the formal way people are thinking about it.  Instead “Phase-One” is simply President Trump negotiating the terms of a big Agricultural purchase commitment from Beijing, and also protecting some very specific U.S. business interests (think Apple Co.) in the process.

The actual goal of President Trump’s U.S-China trade reset is a complete decoupling of U.S. critical manufacturing within China.  President Trump does not express angst, frustration, or even disappointment over the U.S-China trade discussions because the decoupling is well underway.

China is suffering a slow death by a thousand paper-cuts. The bleeding of cash in combination with the direct loss of $75 billion in annualized exported products that U.S. companies have now sourced from alternative ASEAN nations is biting hard.

The direct outcome is also a drop in China’s purchasing of industrial goods they would normally use in the manufacturing process. This lack of Chinese purchasing is one of the top reasons for the stall in the European economy.

Donald Trump spent 30-years openly advocating for the principle of restoring American wealth. That meant the economic pressure would continue until China was decoupled from influence over the U.S. economy.

President Trump used tariffs and threatened more consequential action as it relates to non-tariff barriers, IP protection, forced technology transfers etc as a result of China reneging on their May 2019 agreement.

Additionally, President Trump was openly engaged with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un throughout; telling the world North Korea was already no longer a threat, and muting the ability of Beijing to use DPRK aggression against the economic confrontation.

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 the goal of decoupling from China.

President Trump outmatched Chairman Xi in this economic confrontation by allowing Beijing to underestimate Trump’s resolve.  While Chairman Xi thought he was outmaneuvering his rival, it was President Trump who was wearing the Panda mask all along.

There was always going to be a moment when China realized what was happening.

It was also predictable China would react to the realization by returning to their historic leverage against such economic confrontation.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Saturday that denuclearization is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.

Ambassador Kim Song’s comment appeared to go further than North Korea’s earlier warning that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the central focus of U.S. engagement with North Korea in the past two years, might have to be taken off the table given Washington’s refusal to offer concessions.

“We do not need to have lengthy talks with the U.S. now and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiating table,” he said in the statement made available to Reuters. (more)

On December 15th the next round of tariffs against China are likely to go into effect.

There will possibly be North Korean missile launches.

There will possibly be North Korean ICBM launches.

All of it is controlled by Beijing and all of the activity is in direct proportion to Chairman Xi realizing that President Trump is decoupling the U.S. from China.

 

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208 Responses to Beijing Yanks DPRK Chain – North Korea Envoy: “denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiating table”…

  1. RedBallExpress says:

    Yeah well the bomb was built in America and tested in Japan.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ElGato says:

    How could we ever elect a politician again? The dynamic will change forever as long the American people can see through the deliberate fog of the press.

    Liked by 20 people

  3. Elric VIII says:

    President Trump appears to be giving the Wall Street Globalists a choice: Return to investing in Main Street or follow your investments overseas. We don’t need or want any Globalists here.

    Liked by 21 people

    • That’s why the Deep State wants to get rid of him.

      Liked by 12 people

      • Old Dawg says:

        And Mitch the Turtle is as Deep State as you can get. Though I know President Trump is a savoy guy, I fear that Mitch and the Deep State RINOs in the senate will ally and take President Trump out. That said, I also think all bets would be off at that point and whatever patriots decided to do would be more than justified.

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        • I’m sure they will try to.

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        • Joan Horning says:

          as much as I don’t like Mitch, I think his job/power/life is valuable to him, and ALL 3 would be at risk if he betrayed Trump. Pretty sure he is aware of this.

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        • sir4576 says:

          I dont think they will, not unless they have the PERFECT opportunity.

          Here is the thing, it’s the power they want and they can keep it with Trump. So why not? Sure it may be harder for them to make millions over the next five years but if they can keep what they have, watch the dems ne destroyed, and only lose some pawns within their ranks they will be happy.

          Deep state Republicans who aren’t overly exposed (they have already resigned if they were) can just ride along with the winners.

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          • gunrunner03 says:

            The ‘why not’ was discussed in an earlier thread. The Turtle prefers to be in the minority, having the Dem leadership asking/needing him to bring some votes over to whatever it is they need votes for. He can then get something in return that he needs.

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            • mimbler says:

              Yes, his being in the minority -is- his power.

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            • dd_sc says:

              The flaw with that logic is that there are 22 Republican senators up for re-election in 2020; as opposed to 12 Democrats up for re-election. There are 45 Democrats (and 2 Independents that caucus with the Democrats), so if a Republican controlled Senate removes President Trump from office there is the potential for Democrats to pick up the 13-15 needed to get to 60 because of the resulting backlash. Democrats aren’t going to need McConnell if that happens, especially if they also maintain a majority in the House.

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        • jeffP. says:

          Stay Locked n Loaded until 2025 arrives for your safest bet.

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      • Ned Zeppelin says:

        Bingo.

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    • And We The People of the United States of America do not need lying, cheating, thieving CHINA for anything!!! WE DON’T NEED CHINA!

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  4. Tiffthis says:

    I love reading about this stuff. 👍🏼🇺🇸

    Liked by 10 people

    • Stillwater says:

      Same here Tiffthis. These have been my favorite posts ever since I came to CTH.

      This excerpt could benefit from some choice CTH article hyperlinks dealing with each point.

      “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 the goal of decoupling from China..”

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      • Sharon says:

        Here’s a partial list of what Sundance has already written – – –

        https://theconservativetreehouse.com/?s=China+Trump+Trade+Deal

        He’s written 865 posts having to do with China, so all of those that touch on trade may not be in that list.

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        • Stillwater says:

          Thanks for the link Sharon ~
          I’ve read a lot of the articles that cover those points. I’m just always thinking of ways to make it simpler for new people or even myself to go back while retaining the big picture strategy/outline in my mind as well as following the chain of events/timeline. Clicking back and forth between the big picture articles and the nitty gritty details.
          …Not that Sundance doesn’t make it a lot simpler and includes hyperlinks as well. I just sometimes go way overboard with it. 🙂

          For a while now I’ve been trying to think of a way to pull it all together graphically.
          – Maybe we could have timelines with hyperlinked articles for each action POTUS takes.
          – Could have multiple timelines, one for each major objective and hyperlinks for each major/minor action put into place that leads the the ultimate objective
          – Then the headings of those major objectives could be put in a main timeline and the hyperlinks would link to the minor timelines. Items on the the minor timelines would link to and article or group of articles for each action.

          I’ve saved and bookmarked a number of big picture articles as well as comments that others have made showing the chain of events that has led to where we are now.
          CTH member “dufrst” has a lot of good comments like that.

          From these we can form the outlines. After that, the specific articles should be easy to find and link. Just need the right software to graphically show the timelines in a pleasing way.

          Okay, I’m thinking out loud. lol I’ll stop now. 🙂

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          • VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

            We need a Sundance Version of Wikipedia…cross linked with a source file archive repository… No links to outside files or sites that may or may not exist in 5, 10 days, months, years, etc…the Library of Sundance.

            Or at least an archive copy of this Treehouse.

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            • Stillwater says:

              That would be great !
              Multimedia, articles, videos, timelines, and words/topic headings within both articles and timelines so that if you hover your cursor over the link/word a box will appear with a short description and disappear once the cursor is no longer hovering over it.

              Whenever I watch Syfi shows I always enjoy looking at the technology that allows them to manipulate, represent and use information graphically in a variety of ways.

              Ex:
              – Agents of Shield – Nick Fury’s/Agent Coulson’s “toolbox” 😀
              – The new Lost in Space series had a neat hd holographic mapping display that activated on a crashed alien ship.

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  5. Reserved55 says:

    Good tidings he brings to you and your friends……

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  6. bullnuke says:

    The average person cannot fathom the genius of President Trump. His plan was hatched and tweaked over decades. He ran for president to implement that plan. All because he loves America.

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  7. I think it was the recent interview with Rush where PDJT essentially said that we have been on the losing end with China for a long time. Decades of $500 billion per year. He isn’t willing to do a deal unless it’s not just even but in our favor to make up for the decades of losses.

    Xi was trying to wait out PDJT on the belief that the Dems would be successful with removal. He now knows this is probably not going to happen and re-election is likely. So waiting out PDJT is no longer an option. Instead Xi is pulling strings to exert pressure. It’s not working. Not only is it not working but PDJT did an in-your-face by signing the Hong Kong resolution. I have no doubt that Chairman Xi is under a lot of pressure at home as things aren’t working out as he planned.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      anotherworriedmom, I think your analysis is very keen about Xi trying to wait out out Pres Trump as well as Pres Trump confounding expectations by signing the Hong Kong Resolution.
      Also, probably no accident, that Pres Trump has recently been critical of China’s treatment of the Muslim Uighur population while engaging with Saudi Arabia..

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    • The Demon Slick says:

      Whether it’s a true thing or President Trump was just Pandamasking, the Senate and the house voted for the bill with veto proof majorities. President Trump “had no choice!” Or something.

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  8. dallasdan says:

    China is indescribably dependent upon the President being impeached, defeated in the 2020 election, or otherwise eliminated to avoid the growing trade debacle that may displace XI and/or create highly significant problems within the Chinese populace.

    As SD notes, the denuclearization was never a serious possibility, and Kim’s nuclear threat, heightened by the development of ICBMs, now appears to be the last and most concerning arrow in Xi’s quiver.

    A wounded panda is especially dangerous.

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    • michael says:

      Remember what Reagan did to Libya…

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    • fangdog says:

      Yes, but not as dangerous as a grizzly bear.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      A panda is a bear. Just because it looks so cute and cuddly (the white fur around the eyes is what does it) and eats bamboo in the wild doesn’t change that. They can and will bite when provoked and have the muscle to do you in just like any other bear.

      IMO if Trump survives the impeachment circus and is reelected in 2020 look for Xi’s ouster.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Pres Xi does not strike me as a stupid man. It may well be he will engage in his own pivot and land on “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”. Give a little more slack on the Hong Kong leash as well as the Uighur issue. He gains stature internationally as a statesman and eases his domestic headaches.
      Tea is very popular in China. Chairman Xi may be reading the leaves even as we speak.

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  9. Pedro Morales says:

    I have always said that Trump never wanted a deal with China. It was simply talk to prevent the NYSE from collapsing. Tom Hagen- “Trump played this beautifully”. He nuetered NOKO. he stalled Xi for 3 years, he destroyed the China Supply chain, he turbocharged the US economy, and he kept the stock market booming. Impressive! And now Xi has made more miscalculations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and with his threats. He has become the face of communism. He is becoming public enemy #1. Putin 2.0. Here is my next prediction. On November 4, 2020 PDJT will be POTUS. and President Xi will be missing or have suffered a major health issue resulting in his retirement.

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  10. Dances with Wolverines says:

    Now, for China, it’s sit back and see if their puppet, Nancy Pelosi, is successful with her impeachment coup. If that doesn’t work, it’s wait for the 2020 election where he (xi) has plenty of democrat socialist/communist to influence.

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  11. MostlyRight says:

    Trump should simply announce that any missile launches by N Korea will be viewed as missile launches by China from this point forward.

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    • DebbieSemms says:

      I think that wold be foolish to announce.

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      • Clue says:

        Any missile launched will be for show.

        China is not stupid enough to have rocketman actually target people and blow them up.

        If that happened, trump would terminate the leadership of North Korea, eliminating china’s pet pekinese bull dog, liberating North Korea and leading to the collapse of communist china.

        Trump won. This is just the chinese communists throwing a tantrum because they know they have lost.

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    • Ray Runge says:

      Just a great big yawn about the noise Jong Un makes when Xi pulls his chain. Jong Un will continue to live the aristocratic life style while the people starve in a captive cult society.

      Jong Un’s chance to become part of the world and unite with SoKo is a time that has passed.

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  12. Orville R. Bacher says:

    1. China now marking stuff with “made in P.R.C.” (Peoples Republic of China) instead of “made in China”. Canadian and Mexican car makers still taking in 1000’s of Chinese Containers, loaded with auto parts, but when assembled, voila ! Made in Canada or Mexico under NAFTA.
    2. China is funding, both directly and indirectly, in conjunction with big U.S. Corporations, and U.S. politicians, the rabid Anti-Trump Megaphone. Talk about Trading with the Enemy, and Foreign Influence in U.S. elections.

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  13. johnnyfandango says:

    Excellent article and analysis. One would think that the press and both parties would be recognizing this reset and leveling of the playing field and praising PDJT. It goes to show you what sellout’s we have, the NBA, the press and our political elites….we’re looking at you to Cocaine Mitch.

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  14. California Joe says:

    So, what end game can we expect from Kim and North Korea? Will North Korea begin lobbying ICBM missiles over Japan at Hawaii to help the Democrats in 2020? Seems like that’s the ChiComs plan. No? So why not strike a deal with China to keep them from helping the Democrats?

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  15. A2 says:

    I’ve been warning about this for months, so not surprised at all.

    I think I’ll just drop this here👇

    “South Korea looks to China for support as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ratchets up threat
    During a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Moon Jae-in said they were at a ‘critical crossroads’ in the nuclear stand-off with North Korea”

    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3040813/south-koreas-moon-jae-calls-china-play-role-denuclearising?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=article&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1575563649

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  16. Dutchman says:

    A war maxim is NEVER Underestimate your enemy.
    The corolary is, anything you can say or,do,which encourages your enemy to underestimate YOU, is,going to be to your advantage..

    This is a part of Trumps jui-jitsu, so many are fooled by the persona he projects, are triggered and don’t see the compassionate genius he is.

    I am not afraid of anything N. Korea will do, at Xi’s behest. China is a BULLY; they THREATEN, they Bluster and even rattle swords.

    They have absolutely NO intention of moving any farther than that, and PDJT knows that.

    So what, China, through its proxy Nork, shoots some missiles, into the sea, or even ICBM’S into low orbit?

    Its like a bully, flexing his bicep, while extorting lunch money.

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    • Bill says:

      There will be tariffs going on Chinese products the 15th of Dec.
      A tweet from POTUS to the effect of any missiles launched by NK there will be increases to those tariffs by 10% for each short range missile launched, and 35% for each ICBM launched.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Oh, Bill I like your thinking. PDJT has a whole quiver, FULL of arrows. Shutting down access to financial markets is another, that he could use. Not THREATEN, cause he doesn’t make empty threats.

        This is a move of weakness and desperation on Xi’s part, transparent, predictable. PDJT already knows his next 10 moves, as Xi moves his inneffective pawns around, accomplishing nothing.

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        • Hutzpa says:

          I suspect that while building the Panda leverage over Xi these past 3 years… he has simultaneously built a nuclear arsenal of leverage over the GOPe too. President Trump is not so foolish to think he can trust McConnell. Surely… he has ammo we don’t know about and McConnell might want to do just about anything to keep it that way… when he finds out about it. Checkmate President Trump!

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        • AGREE, Dutchman:
          China is already DESPERATE for DOLLARS.
          • POTUS will REBALANCE our Trade Deficit before making a Full China Deal.
          • 50% can come from $250 Billion LESS USA IMPORTS from China.
          … Meaning $250 Billion LESS FUNDING for Chinese Imports from the EU.
          • 50% can come from $250 Billion MORE USA EXPORTS of Ag/Energy to China.
          … Tapping $250 Billion MORE that’s been FUNDING Chinese Imports from the EU.

          Access to our financial markets is EVERYTHING for Xi.
          • China’s massive International Trade must be transacted in Dollars.
          • China’s continuing Currency Devaluations require MORE ¥Uan to buy more Dollars.
          • That DRAIN of ¥uan SUFFOCATES their economic growth just like Fed Tightening.
          • China’s only Golden Goose is LISTING their companies on our market exchanges.
          • Without Dollars to pay Dividends, they must GROW to attract more $ Investments.

          But Trade Rebalancing is starting to DECIMATE China’s Industrial Output and Corporate Value.

          And False Financials without Western Audits and Reporting Standards is beginning to trigger CAPITAL FLIGHT.

          And OVER-LEVERAGED Businesses cannot replay Loans, Bank failures and “consolidations” into ever-larger state-owned institutions that require … guess what … BAILOUTS funded by FURTHER Currency Devaluations.

          Watch for POTUS to inflict Financial “Death by a Thousand CUTS”, including
          • Escalating Regulatory Standards for NEW Chinese Listings on USA Markets
          • Escalating Regulatory Standards for CONTINUED Chinese Listings
          • Growing DELISTINGS of Chinese companies without Western Audits

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          • Dutchman says:

            Yup, it sure sucks to be them. Like their USA proxies, the CCP have no way out, they painted themselves into a corner.
            Dead regime walking, and there isn’t a darn thing they can do about it.

            No deal, without a new regime to deal with. So, Regime change, “Economic Security is National Security” style.
            No bullets or bombs, just tariffs to bankruptcy.
            And yeah, EU has been next in line, and about to put their head on the chopping block.

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    • Ponder the MAGNITUDE and COMPLEXITY of a Centrally-Managed SHRINKING PIE.
      • Millions of CCP members scrambling to protect their current share.
      • Millions conniving to snatch others’ share as their current share shrinks.
      • Millions exfiltrating their wealth before it’s confiscated.

      Then their options begin to play out:
      • ABSORB China’s private companies into CCP State-Owned Enterprises.
      • STEAL the wealth from Underdeveloped Countries faster than their own dissipates.
      • DISPLACE industries in Developed Countries faster than USA Trade Rebalances.
      • SNUFF and REPLACE CCP seniors to snag their larger shares.
      • REMOVE CCP juniors to detention centers to confiscate their wealth.

      … All while maintaining control of a BILLION people watching little Hong Kong rise up.

      “Complicated business, folks.”

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      • Dutchman says:

        My recollection, although I can’t site a source, is there are about 4-5000 members in thetop rank of the CCP.

        I would imagine there are many in the lower ranks, as well.
        Read China spends 1 Trillion $/year, maintaining the lifestyles of these princlings and their families.

        Spends more on internal security, than National defence. So, WHERE do you cut, once you accept the reality that belt tightening is necesary?
        How long before you realise the truth; the only effective belt tightening, to address your problem, is tightening the belt around your own neck?

        Denial, ‘that river in egypt’, is a very difficult phenominom to address. More difficult, when your reporting system encourages falsly optimistic reporting.

        Centralised economies are like big cities. SEEMS like a strong, secure system, but actually extremely vulnerable to disruptions.

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    • A Moderate Man says:

      Dutchman, the risk of missiles being launched is that the Democrats will pounce on this act of aggression and say that President Trumps policies are a failure. That narrative is not insignificant.

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      • Dutchman says:

        IMHO, it IS insignificant, because the Democrats and media allies have so discredited themselves, that now any such criticism of PDJT and his policies, will be seen as just another desperate attempt to find a lame excuse to impeach.

        Most Americans will shrug it off.
        “PDJT farted, the Dems want to impeach. He was mean, in a tweet, they want to impeach. Norks shot some missiles, into the ocean.
        The Dems want to impeach!
        Ho, hum,..another day, another stupid impeachment. Whens the election, so we can send these asshats packing?”

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        • Nordic Breed says:

          Yes, the demonrats and their water carriers, the MSM, are sounding completely like the boy who cried “wolf!”. Things didn’t turn out so well for the boy and it won’t turn out well for the demonrats either.

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          • Dutchman says:

            Both have thrown away their credibility, as if it had no worth.

            Both have shown their utter contempt for the American people.

            And they will pay dearly for it, for a long time.

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  17. scrap1ron says:

    Now President Trump has to decouple China from our Uni-Party overlords.

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  18. LouisianaTeaRose says:

    Bloomberg figured it out too late. Schumer (?) never figured it out (?). Mitch gets it, now (so we better watch him real close). Justin remains clueless, but is pretty sure there’s some kinda bad juju goin on. Kim might just hijack his own dilemma, and deal with it on another channel…..I’m curious about what Putin will do….with Iran and Kim. Nancy will keep swiggin’ the “family label”. Soros might be looking around for other financial horizons to explore….good luck with that, maybe the Pope will invite you over for dinner, I hear he has a sympathetic ear, but can’t give you a wafer. Hear he’s got a killer matzo cracker recipe, tho. Just sayin.

    “Oh, and George, the Pope wants you to swing by that little Italian villa and pick up Barack on your way to the Vatican. Misery LOVES company. Ciao!”

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  19. Robster says:

    I’m all in favor of decoupling from China, however, U.S. companies sourcing from alternative ASEAN nations is the result, rather than sourcing here in the U.S. This is evidenced by the manufacturing recession currently underway. More needs to done to make it cost effective for companies to manufacture in the U.S. Between our minimum wage laws, healthcare costs, legal risks, environmental regulations, there’s no shortage of reasons to keep manufacturing overseas.

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    • Sentient says:

      Still, Vietnam isn’t trying to own the entire internet via Huawei and 5G.

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    • DebbieSemms says:

      Because 7.25 an hour is to much and we need slave labor?
      In the old days patriotism kept the jobs here….a lot has changed

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    • OlderAndWiser says:

      More automation will actually lead to more plant creations and maintenance. Look at Tesla – cars manufactured in the Bay Area – most expensive part of the country. Unions need to accommodate – and they will have more members if they do.
      You may need less people to manufacture any one thing, but overall output will go up and create more construction and manufacturing jobs, which them feeds the service economy.

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    • … and Tariff-ineffective to import from abroad unless and until a Trade Deal requires a baseline share of industrial workers are paid wages more in line with the USA … just as Lighthizer build into USMCA.

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  20. JohnCasper says:

    President Trump makes me think of something Queen Pelosi’s daughter claimed about her.

    “She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding”, although I think China is beginning to know its bleeding as in hemorrhaging.

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  21. NancyB says:

    This is a brilliant assessment

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  22. rah says:

    Who ever thought that the North Koreans would ever actually give up their nucs?

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    • jrapdx says:

      Point is though that they’re not really NK’s missles. Rather they belong to China even if launched from NK to make it appear they’re N Korean. As sd says, NK is captive to China, not really its own nation.

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  23. nimrodman says:

    “There was always going to be a moment when China realized what was happening”

    Yeah, Sundance.
    Maybe a couple of Party apparatchiks stumbled on your articles on the topic

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  24. NancyB says:

    This is a brilliant assessment.

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  25. King Arthur says:

    Watch for “new evidence” for impeachment if the next round of tariffs go into effect. And the Senate having to “seriously deliberate” over said “evidence”.

    Buckle up!

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  26. JohnCasper says:

    Build Xi Jinping a fire and he will be warm for the night. Set Xi Jinping on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life. All warfare is based on deception. Hey, Xi Jinping, what has that Lion been doing while you were looking the other way??!!
    – Sun Tzu’s Great Nephew, Moon Yoo Tzu

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  27. Janice says:

    Breathtaking brilliance by our Lion and his Wolverines. We are all witnessing history in the making. Praise God.

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  28. History Teaches says:

    A second term is the most critical necessity if this world changing decoupling dynamic is to have full effect. The process has been working, but really is just getting started.

    China manipulates so much in many countries, infiltrating and intimidating with no other objective than pure self interest. Cunning, without remorse they will never stop till utterly humiliated and defeated.

    The President has bee .playing the game of mutual respect verbally and symbolically, but laser focussed on achieving unequivocal victory. A prime motive for entering politics.

    He will not compromise on the core substantial issues, though may generously offer a fig leaf of diplomatic generosity for minor things.

    Unless there is radical regime and ideological change from China, their ‘economic miracle’ will be exposed as the fraud it always was. For their own historical good and future they need to be humbled and learn to co-exist and co-operate with the rest of the world fairly and tone down that rapacious appetite to devour anyone in their way.

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    • Ponder this:

      The WORST outcome with China would be to transform and unleash a nation 4 times our size into a capitalist competitor WITHOUT state-owned control, at a time when they’ve already infiltrated the governments, infrastructure and industries of virtually every country on earth.

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  29. Gary Lacey says:

    I don’t doubt for a second the missiles Kim is firing off, are from China.

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  30. Anyone notice how POTUS announced plans last week to reach a new Nuclear Agreement with Russia, and that Xi was ENTHUSIASTIC about joining the effort? 😎

    Watch for a follow-up this week and next as POTUS extols Xi’s leadership
    … recognizing how hard Xi is working to realize North Korean DENUCLEARIZATION
    … and how earnestly Xi is demonstrating wisdom & skills in reaching a GREAT Trade Deal
    … and how Xi will plow a path to overcome China’s INTERNAL concerns over enforceability
    … as Xi’s way of earning the world’s TRUST that China is an HONEST trading partner
    … and Xi’s way of earning CONFIDENCE that China is a SAFE place for investment.

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  31. thedoc00 says:

    There are still a very important objectives, I hope the President achieves.

    Have China’s status as developing nation being removed by the IMF and World Monetary Fund. That would further hurt their currency and cash flow plans.

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  32. Everett Miller says:

    Trump is not playing. He says almost daily that ‘we don’t need a deal’. . . .”China wants a deal very badly, but I am OK with a deal or without a deal…..we’ll have to see what happens”. The increase in tariffs will be like a shock to all those who think he’s playing a game like all past ‘politicians’ do/did, play games. He is re-stating the Reagan principle (thought to be simplistic by the ‘deep’ thinkers at the time) “WE WIN, THEY LOSE.”
    Thank God for DJT.

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  33. markone1blog says:

    I wonder if the murder of 1000 Iranian protesters or two-week-ago launch of the North Korean missile are related to this pressure from China.

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  34. DebbieSemms says:

    I disagree about the tariffs. There is at least a 50% chance Trump will suspend the tariffs on the 15th. He has before, and it is also getting close to election time. Although with the economy booming he doesn’t have to.

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    • Joemama says:

      I can see many of the ships that come and go from the Port of Los Angeles from where I live. In the last few months there has been a torrent of container ships coming and going. Most of these are probably from China. I’m seeing like 3X normal flow. With a crescendo of activity in the last two weeks.

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    • Ray Runge says:

      Debbie, please know the tarrifs are a tool to continue the decoupling / repatriation process. U.S. economy booms because of those policy changes and increased tarrifs will render further benefit to U.S. economic improvement.

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  35. paulashley says:

    A very intriguing take. It’s akin to our decoupling from the Middle East by unleashing our own energy production.

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  36. fangdog says:

    Who has caused the most detriment to the American people; Democrats with their anti-American policies. or China with their unfair anti-America trade policies?

    The fact we have done as well as we have the past 40-years is in itself a miracle.

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  37. Mike in a Truck says:

    Love that graphic of Red Chinese exports taking a nose dive. Now we need a chart showing the decoupling of Red Chinese Communists from U.S. academia.

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  38. Zippy says:

    NOTE the chance of being enacted. Outrageous.

    NOVEMBER 6, 2019
    U.S. lawmakers seek to ban federal pension fund from investing in China

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-rubio-tsp/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-ban-federal-pension-fund-from-investing-in-china-idUSKBN1XG2QO

    S. 2791: Taxpayers and Savers Protection Act

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2791

    A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that sums in the Thrift Savings Fund may not be invested in securities that are listed on certain foreign exchanges, and for other purposes.

    Marco Rubio
    Sponsor. Senior Senator for Florida. Republican.

    Introduced: Nov 6, 2019
    Status:

    This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 6, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

    Prognosis: 4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs

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  39. IGiveUp says:

    We see so much evidence that our gov’t is incompetent and immoral and dangerous.

    Why wouldn’t China try to assassinate Trump if China sees this as an existential threat?
    Why should we trust our intel agencies, SS and military to protect Trump?
    Why should we trust our gov’t not to collude FURTHER with China and/or other communist internationalists to stop Trump at any cost?
    Why should we conclude Trump is safe? He’s always seems to be available in public.

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  40. Patience says:

    Chocolate cake (& 2 scoops of ice-cream) was most definitely a dual-duel-demonstration to Xi
    >and multi-level advise to lil rocket man

    All hit their target

    ~>How delicious!

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  41. islandpalmtrees says:

    GOOD NEWS

    These facts seem to suggest that as the decoupling is taking place the manufacturing jobs in the US are increasing. In short, the jobs are coming home.

    By Steve Goldstein
    Published: Jan 4, 2019 2:14 p.m. ET
    Writes
    “Last year, 264,000 new manufacturing jobs were added, representing the highest number of new workers since 1988. As a percent of the total workforce, manufacturing rose for the first time since 1984.”

    Sundance writes
    “The actual goal of President Trump’s U.S-China trade reset is a complete decoupling of U.S. critical manufacturing within China. President Trump does not express angst, frustration, or even disappointment over the U.S-China trade discussions because the decoupling is well underway.”

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  42. Giant Ground Sloth says:

    I think what’s going on has more to do with the fact that our demands are unrealistic.

    The North Koreans have offered several times to give up some of their nuclear weaponry in exchange for partial sanctions relief, and each time their offer has been rejected. We foolishly keep demanding that North Korea completely denuclearize before we’ll even consider any sanctions relief.

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    • Clue says:

      “We foolishly keep demanding that North Korea completely denuclearize before we’ll even consider any sanctions relief.”

      What? Lmfao!

      Just how many nukes do you propose they be allowed to keep?

      This has to be satire!

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      • Giant Ground Sloth says:

        This all-or-nothing approach is never going to work. They’re not going to give up everything for the promise that we might scale back some sanctions. North Korea saw what happened to Gaddafi. They probably think they’re being played.

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        • emeraldcoaster says:

          The thing to keep in mind is that the DPRK nukes are not theirs to give up. Kim couldn’t move them if he wanted to because the nukes are controlled by the PRC. Kim doesn’t scratch his a$$ without Xi’s permission. Until the PRC wants the two Koreas to reunify, and it’ll be a cold day indeed, an aggressive DPRK is what Beijing wants. As articulated so well by SD, President Trump unmasked the Chinese game and changed the dynamics with great aplomb.

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  43. Ken Burns says:

    I was in the military during our most recent presidential assassination. Pray hard, I don’t have to experience another. God Bless PDJT.

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  44. the communist china used n/korea for playing political propaganda game,
    yeah really slow down communist’s economy, working a great for our president tariffs,

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  45. Fromseatoshinningsea says:

    Posted this before and will post again. PDJT conquered the shark waters of NY Manhattan real estate development, that conditioned him to develop in every market in the world, all the while loving his country and appalled at the decay fostered by its leaders. We are blessed to have this man as our president, no one else in modern times comes close to being as perfect for the job at hand. Please understand that those leaders foreign and domestic fighting PDJT are on China’s payroll. Couldn’t be more obvious. If we survive from the precipice we’re on future generations can thank Donald John Trump. God Bless him.

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  46. MNBV says:

    And yet, a clique of even more radical Nth Korean generals aside, what can NK actual really do?
    Launch ICBMs? Yeah, but never at anyone. That’s the way Kim gets NK turned into a glass like substance, after a quick call to brief China. So they posture and threaten, so what? They can never act, despite the rhetoric, without ensuring national destruction. Just some border excursions and the odd angry shot is all that can happen.
    I’d simply ignore NK and sanction the tripe out of it, serious oil sanctions will bring NK to it’s knees quickly.

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  47. A2 says:

    The President’s remarks are here.

    Steve Herman
    @W7VOA
    “I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostilely, I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un,”
    @POTUS
    tells reporters. “I think we both want to keep it that way. He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that.”

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  48. A Moderate Man says:

    There is of course risk associated with North Korean launches of missiles, etc, as the presidential race progresses, Democrats will pounce on these launches and skew them as a failure of President Trump’s foreign policies.
    In my opinion, this is not an insignificant risk.

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  49. 🍺Gunny66 says:

    So, our Very Stable Genius has done it again……

    If the President would have de-coupled from China abruptly…..the Stock Market would have crashed and some people would be jumping off of roofs….

    But….Now……

    “He must de-couple from China……because………wait for it…..
    “It’s not our Presidents fault……What else can he do?”

    China controls North Korea….a Nuclear North Korea……how can there be negotiations with a rogue country that will not eliminate their nukes and is controlled by China”

    No stock market crash…no panic…….it’s China’s fault…..

    Freakin….Genius……

    Next……

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  50. 335blues says:

    A vicious, bloodthirsty dictator like Xi who murders tens of thousands of the chinese people every year for complaining about being slaves fooled completely by President Trump,
    PRICELESS!

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