President Trump Tweet Signals Ongoing Hostage Negotiations…

An interesting tweet from President Trump today with a clearly coded message to North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un.  Within the message President Trump notes an ongoing dialogue with Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping about Kim’s status.

The hostage negotiations happening against the backdrop of a negotiated ransom, the U.S-China “phase-one” trade agreement:

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will make good on a pledge to purchase more than $40 billion per year of U.S. agricultural products under the recently agreed Phase 1 trade deal between the two countries, China’s top agriculture consultancy said on Friday.

Chinese purchases of agricultural goods are expected to increase to $40 billion to $50 billion annually over the next two years under the deal aimed at resolving the long-running trade war between the world’s top two economies, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

The deal has yet to be signed, fuelling scepticism over whether China will be able to import such a large amount of U.S. farm products.  (read more)

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“Complicated business folks,… complicated business”…

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102 Responses to President Trump Tweet Signals Ongoing Hostage Negotiations…

  1. tageweb says:

    Best President EVER!!!!

    Liked by 34 people

    • InAz says:

      I am in total awe of President Trump

      Liked by 20 people

      • bertdilbert says:

        First time I have noted that Hong Kong is added in there. I see robust sales of Old Glory in HK.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Yes, I noticed that right off, also.
          So, PDJT and Xi are in a poker game.
          Xi, running out of chips (while PDJT has a mountain of chips) and not wanting to ‘tap out’ and lose all he has put in the pot, put NK in the pot.
          PDJT raised, and now Xi has to put HK in the pot, as well.

          After Xi is forced to put Taiwan in, as well, THEN PDJT will “call”, and lay down his Royal Flush, to Xi’s pair of twos.

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          • 🍺Gunny66 says:

            If our President saves Hong Kong, the people will be so thankful.

            I’ve been there. It is / was a wonderful place.

            Liked by 4 people

            • Dutchman says:

              I would suspect DJT, before being elected, has visited? He’s been everywhere, it seems. Even stepped into North Korea, and he knows how to spot potential.

              No wishy washy, like Obama not supporting Iran protests, his,support for HK protesters is clear.

              I really think he is going to save the World, and deconstructing the “One China nonsense is just a small part of that.

              If CCP control of China dissolves, he will have potentially released BILLIONS of people from tyranny.

              Really remarkeable achievment, as CCP’s OBOR becomes “hit the road, or hang yourself with your own belt”

              I think HK’s fate is tied to PDJT, and his agenda. If he,succeeds, HK survives.

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              • Conservative_302 says:

                I pray to God to protect President Trump and show him favor every night. I know i am one of many. Considering what Trump has accomplished in the face of horrific adversity show us the power of prayer.

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              • DUTCHMAN -VSG/ESG PDJT-lead process well controlled demolition influence of CCP on chinesse society from day one of his presidency(trade deals)…same as RWR demolish Evil Bolshevick Empire he will do it in next 5yrs….this will also be last nail on coffin of commies in US…

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Yes, I and other commenters have posted the similarity between RWR vs. USSR, and PDJT vs. CCP.
                  Many confused Reagans gambit, calling it an “arms race”, but it was really simply a competition between a centrally controlled conmunist system, vs. a free market capitalist system. Weopons systems was just the medium.

                  He proved, in such a contest, the Conmunist system CAN NOT compete.
                  CHINA watched, and took note. It was AS the mantle of leading Conmunism worldwide passed from USSR, to China, that they began to implement their plan to USE the west, to destroy the west, before another like,Reagan could come along, to exploit their inherent achilles heal.

                  Fortunately, a young DJT was ALSO taking note.

                  CONmunism can NOT compete, hence they MUST cheat.
                  Applies to China, applies to EU, applies to Democrats.

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                • Thank you Dutchman- you got it …

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            • pepeekeocom says:

              President Trump may very well prevent a Tian An Men type massacre in Hong Kong, but there is no denying the fact that the year 2047 is not that far away. When that time comes, there is no stopping the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration where the Communist Chinese take complete control of Hong Kong. The people residing there now, especially the young protesters, must start making plans to leave asap. Unfortunately, there is no future for them there. (Lived there for awhile, years ago. Wonderful place.)

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              • MelH says:

                I recently read an article claiming the Chinese Communists have been working on controlling San Francisco government for many years and have succeeded, so their mission is to spread to other states quietly until they “own” the USA. Sorry I don’t have a link but I read it at the time we discovered Dianne Feinstein had been employing a Chinese Communist ,for 20 years, as her S.F. driver. The author of the article thought the take-over of S.F. by the Communists was tantamount to taking over California.

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          • Buck Turgidson says:

            Lol Dutchman that is awesome analogy, well done.

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          • RJ says:

            What if China’s ruling party members decide to rid themselves of Xi and install a new leader?

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            • not2worryluv says:

              The ruling party is wealthy due to the United States. They want to keep their lifestyles for themselves and their heirs.
              There is no difference between them and our Political Elites…..Follow The Money.

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            • Major Rage says:

              More like when…….not if.

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              • spellno9 says:

                So Bloomberg had a point to say the Xi had a constituency. They are the ruling party. It makes sense Mayor Doomberg would only know THOSE kind of people.

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            • Dutchman says:

              Wouldn’t make any difference, at this point. Doesn’t matter who is driving the bus, after it has already run over the cliff, and is plunging 100’s of feet .

              “Here, YOU drive!”,….”No, YOU drive!”
              In the end, what difference does it make, WHO is driving the bus?
              The CCP is stuck, if they open up their markets, drop State manipulation of their economy, etc. they cease to be a Conmunist system, and that ain’t happening.

              If they don’t gradual steady de-coupling, and they go back to being a large, poorly managed sh*thole, which at this point, their people won’t accept.

              IMHO, it matters who is President of the U.S., but it doesn’t really matter much who is Chairman of China.

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          • MVW says:

            If there was ever any interest from Taiwan in reuniting with a Communist China, China’s behavior towards Hong Kong’s freedom put that to rest.

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            • Dutchman says:

              Given the history, I doubt there would have been any interest, anyway.
              Generally, Conmunism only looks good to those who have never experienced it, OR those who envision themselves as being in the party hierarchy, after it is imposed.

              The most rabid anti-Conmunists are those who HAVE lived under the thumb, and managed to get out.

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    • And as sure as truth is a force of nature, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

      Personally, I am going to stay buckled in for this ride, it’s going to get even wilder at some point, maybe even real soon…

      Because TRUMP.

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    • fhb says:

      zero trolling OUR president on wednesday with golfing , golfing in President Tumps usual outfit when he golfs at Mar-a-largo [plus wearing the gay pride purple shirt…a tell] ..while impeachment articles being voted on [it was done on purpose and its public release] …shows how petty he really is… plus not at some type of work/job like most Americans in the middle of the week…he is not a doctor….he’s fraud , a phony, Jimmy Carter went to work Homes for Humanity, Reagan and Bush worked their ranches…but this guy…….? go away

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  2. Complicated AND confusing.

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    • Bluto Ruffian says:

      Don’t touch her! She has Pelosi…
      A common disease that affects liberal and progressive democrats and causes socialists to convert genders to opposite poles… You don’t want to be anywhere close to this…

      Liked by 12 people

    • loisplane says:

      True, but China has a serious pork shortage and they need to buy it from us. Upwards of 100 million pigs there died or were killed because of a swine disease.

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  3. Publius2016 says:

    Need Global expansion for Asia…North Korea is prime real estate if private property and intellectual property is protected!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • jmarshs says:

      Very Very Very true. If Trump can negotiate a win-win, bilateral trade agreement with NK, it will mean hundreds of billions for US companies.

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  4. JohnCasper says:

    So XI gets a better trade deal than he would otherwise get if he lets Kim give up his nuclear weapons for his and North Korea’s own good. Trump, Kim and XI all get the Nobel Peace Prize (at least if it means anything anymore) for saving millions of lives and the Democrat Party, which might as well be an invention of Hitler, screams “Quid Pro Quo!!!! Peach 45!”.

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    • trapper says:

      One slight quibble, if I may. The nukes are China’s, not Kim’s. China just has them parked in Nork. Kim is China’s puppet. A hostage. So, China takes its nukes out of Nork in exchange for the round-one trade deal which China desperately needs. But China lets Kim look like the loser in the deal for having to give up “his” nukes, and China looks like good influential panda for persuading crazy Kim to give up “his” nukes.

      It would appear that the only loser in all of it is Kim, except that he has a new godfather in President Donald J Trump who has already made it clear to China in an earlier hidden message tweet that Kim is to remain safe and alive. The message of those missiles sent into the Syrian airfield was not lost on anyone, including the Chinese. No threats. No warning.

      An interesting dance, one that must be played out in the background, which is where it has remained because of media cluelessness due to its focus on muh Russia and impeachment. Thank you, Madam Speaker, for the necessary cover.

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      • Dutchman says:

        trapper,
        An excellent, concise summary. And, after China moves their nukes back to China, in say,…early October PDJT invites Kim to the White House, for big macs and to sign an agreement formally ending the Korean war.

        Its symbolic, yet extremely momentus.
        An “October surprise” the Dems can do NOTHING about.

        I’m guessin,…

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          And………the background to all of this was….

          The Impeachment fiasco fell thru……Xi had to have been waiting for that

          Liked by 3 people

          • Dutchman says:

            Yeah, must have really ruined his day.
            Bet on the wrong horse, has ole Xi.
            He THOUGHT he had ‘hedged’ his bet, by bribing BOTH parties,…thought the fix was in, …
            And then Trump happened.
            Xi is experiencing same thing as Hillary; every morning when they wake up, an aid has to tell them;
            “No, it,WASN’T a bad dream. Trump really IS POTUS, your not and he IS kicking your ass.”

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            • Eileen McRae says:

              Perhaps Xi was advised by an American visitor to China that he should wait until after President Trump was impeached and removed, before resuming the trade talks? Now, what American busy bodies have been in China recently?

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              • Dutchman says:

                As I understand it, the whole Chinese Conmunist economic system is BUILT on self-deception. State owned companies cook the books, to make the companies look better than they are, and get rewarded for it.

                So, just as CCP/America (Uniparty) if you pile self-deception on top of self deception, you end up several hundred feet off the ground, supported by nothing but lies.

                Funny how falling, seems a lot like flying,…right up to the end!

                SPLAT!

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          • snellvillebob says:

            I wonder if the Democrats will keep the money Xi gave them for the impeachment effort even if it failed?

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  5. Trumpeter says:

    Yes but gives the destruction of crops by summer floods and early freezes, where do we get twice as much groceries to sell to China?

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    • Publius Syrus says:

      They need pork. They need corn. They need soybeans. There’s plenty to go around, and lots in silos waiting for good prices. Never under estimate US farmer, but do distrust the media.

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      • JanPT says:

        They are buying up all the pork they can get in Germany, the wholesale price of pork belly is now up to 5€ net from 3.15 half a year ago. Same rise across the board, with a knock-on effect for beef already. Poultry is still cheap, but better punch another hole in your belt…
        Fortunately the “Schweinezyklus” dictates that in a year, after breeding is massively ramped up, there will be a glut. Good for us PETA gluttons (People Eating Tasty Animals).

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      • litlbit2 says:

        Very true as many, many acres of set aside ground is currently idle and can be put back into production immediately by just opening a gate, turning the tractor right or left. Never under estimate America’s Farmers. Get-r-done! We all are Deplorables 🎄🎄🎄🙏🇺🇸

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  6. A2 says:

    A2 says:
    December 20, 2019 at 10:19 pm
    Trump to sign new North Korea sanctions into law on Friday
    New, expanded sanctions on DPRK are included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act

    https://www.nknews.org/2019/12/trump-to-sign-new-north-korea-sanctions-into-law-on-friday/

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  7. A2 says:

    Japan deploys 2 Aegis destroyers as North Korean ICBM test looms
    As Pyongyang’s deadline nears for US nuclear talks, Tokyo steps up monitoring

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Japan-deploys-2-Aegis-destroyers-as-North-Korean-ICBM-test-looms

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    • A2 says:

      USAF E-8C 96-0042 RONIN34 on task over the Korean Peninsula at 31,000 feet and Last night RC-135S Cobra Ball 62-4128 arrived into Kadena AB, Okinawa with RC-135S 61-2662 already deployed there. No signs of 61-2662 heading back to Offutt any time soon.

      This is 24/7 coverage folks.

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  8. A2 says:

    U.S. redesignates N. Korea as violator of religious freedom

    ‘ WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) — The United States has redesignated North Korea as a violator of religious freedom, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, continuing a designation Pyongyang earned in 2001.
    North Korea is among nine Countries of Particular Concern for engaging in or tolerating “systematic, ongoing, (and) egregious violations of religious freedom,” Pompeo said in a statement.
    The designations were made Wednesday in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and subject the nations to further action by the U.S., including economic sanctions.
    “These designations underscore the United States’ commitment to protect those who seek to exercise their freedom of religion or belief,” Pompeo said. “We believe that everyone, everywhere, at all times, should have the right to live according to the dictates of their conscience. We will continue to challenge state and non-state entities that seek to infringe upon those fundamental rights and to ensure they are held to account for their actions.”
    The eight other countries are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.’
    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191221000500325

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    • JMP2 says:

      A2 – As always, your insight and diligence is appreciated, it always adds to the discourse and is enlightening. Thx!!

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      • A2 says:

        You are welcome. I hope the information is useful.

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        • Dutchman says:

          As China is ‘also’on the list, and if trapper (above) is correct that Norks are hostage to China, isn’t this just really affirming that,Chinas atroscious record on religious freedom, extends to its vassal state of Nork?

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          • A2 says:

            North Korea never deviated from its ‘atrocious record’ on religious practice since the first Kim. and the Korean Workers Party took over.

            After 1949 religion needed to be expunged and replaced by the CCP, then there was a a short period after Deng Xiaoping instituted reforms to allow some religious practice, and the push to put all religions under the State. That has changed by Chairman Xi Mao 2.0 so they are back to expunging and replacing.

            They haven’t yet been able to achieve that goal.

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            • Dutchman says:

              Yeah, Soviet Union couldn’t succeed either. Since Conmunism makes the ‘State’ the church, and “collectivism” the religion, they TRY to ‘wipe out’ any competition.

              They cheat, because they can’t compete. But, while they may do this with commerce and trade, they can’t wipe out God, or the Human spirit.
              They will never achieve that goal.

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              • A2 says:

                They, Soviet Union (Father Bear), PRC (Mother Bear) and DPRK (Baby bear) all held their hierarchical ranks within the Comintern. They did not always see eye to eye, they still don’t as the hierarchy has shifted as has the communist international. Soviet Union became Russia again after the fall of the Berlin Wall and US policy under Reagan, PRC has had its reform period after the death of Mao, now reinvented as ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’, now regressing back to hardline Leninism/Marxism under Xi Jinping Thought, and NK has always played one leg or the other of their three-legged stool (US, SK and Japan, Russia, PRC), using Juche, or byungin depending on their circumstances.

                Kim 3 follows his Grandpa and Pa’s playbook. He distanced himself from the PRC, and touted Juche, refusing to even talk to Beijing for years (and even executed his own relatives whom he thought were Chinese agents). Now he is reactivating that leg of the stool by mutual consent, back to the ‘close as lips and teeth’ from Grandpa’s era. This was accompanied by continued outreach to Russia also, to counter the US and allies in the region, as well as manoeuvres to separate a compliant Moon administration, from the US and Japan.

                There is no evidence of hostage taking. Kim3 has agency and navigates according to his own self interest. His Grandpa and Pa did the same, to the consternation of both China and Russia as revealed in declassified documents. I’ve posted links to many of them here.

                The one thing all three agree with is getting the US out of Asia; to break US-SK relations, isolate Japan, and be able to play out their (temporary) collective self-interests in the region. eventually, if they even achieved those goals, there will be a falling out. Bank on it.

                The counter moves, are the Indo-Pacific initiatives by the Trump administration, strong relations with Japan and tightening up relations with SE nations who do not want China to prevail.

                As for the claim that the ‘nukes’ are from China is mere speculation as there is no evidence of that, except that some components have been traced to Russia and China. However both know a nuclearised NK can threaten them also.

                So I will end with that.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  Conmunists always turn on each other, eventually with purges and night of long knives.
                  Its inevitable as various factions or entities fight for power.
                  How does Vietnam fit in this 3 legged stool analogy?
                  Conmunist,…but?

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                • jmarshs says:

                  I think many on this blog appreciate the insight. Thanks for the many posts.

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                • A2 says:

                  I think Vietnam is an outlier, officially Communist, but they hate the Chinese for incursions to their sovereignty in their waters and borders and interference domestically. They fought a war with China and won. They have been outspoken and firm about this with the fence sitters in ASEAn. They are on a trajectory to be a firm ally against China. And economically and politically at the grassroots want to be on the winning side. Watch for the continuous melting away from the Ho Chi Minh era.

                  I think most people underestimate the native nationalism of SE Asian nations.

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    • pepeekeocom says:

      How did Communist Cuba avoid the list?

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  9. Perot Conservative says:

    Let’s hope they keep these ag purchase commitments. They have a history of not doing so.

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  10. progpoker says:

    I love how POTUS seems to always drop a typo into his tweets to keep the ‘tards busy on twitter! How long until “purchaes” is trending?? 😏

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    • bruzedorange says:

      I’ve wondered if one of the benefits of Trump’s “fast & messy, full speed ahead” persona is that it allows him to send other world leaders coded messages in public communications, disguised as typos or tweet abbreviations.

      Given the ubiquitous nature of Deep State tentacles, it may be more than just The Media that he has been circumventing by using Twitter.

      But let ’em continue thinking “Orange Man Dumb” while he and his inner team work to achieve checkmate on the global chessboard to save the free world.

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  11. Publius Syrus says:

    They need pork. They need corn. They need soybeans. There’s plenty to go around, and lots in silos waiting for good prices. Never under estimate US farmer, but do distrust the media.

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    • Unrecognized so far:
      As POTUS is MULTIPLYING our Ag capacity & output
      • “To MASSIVELY rebalance Trade with China”
      • Because China has no alternative to offset pork & soybean crises

      >>> He’s going to CRUSH the BIG AG OLIGOPOLY <<>> Enabling him to SUPPRESS INFLATION through his 2nd Term <<<
      • By adding a 2nd arrow in his quiver following ENERGY DOMINANCE
      • To be followed by a 3rd arrow with a Red-State HOUSING BOOM.

      All the basics to TAME INFLATION:
      • FOOD
      • ENERGY
      • HOUSING.

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  12. A2 says:

    Trade war: China’s trade ministry fails to mention phase one deal as a priority for 2020
    Despite the US publishing significant details on its trade deal with China, Beijing maintains silence on the facts
    Former Chinese official said that US statements showed ‘impatient’ approach of Donald Trump and that some ‘technical problems’ remain to be ironed out
    https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3042657/trade-war-chinas-trade-ministry-fails-mention-phase-one-deal

    🇨🇳 🇺🇸 #China’s Xi Plans to Skip #Davos, Deflating Hopes for #Trump Summit – Bloomberg
    *Beijing still plans to send its top trade negotiator Vice Premier Liu He to Washington to sign the phase-one deal in early January.

    China to Waive Tariffs on Some U.S. Chemical Products – Statement
    *China will keep reviewing applications for tariff exemptions and announce lists of exemptions on second batch of trade war tariffs
    http://www.mof.gov.cn/zhengwuxinxi/zhengcefabu/201912/t20191219_3444518.htm

    They have all said the details will be available after the deal is signed. What is interesting is that the PRC has not lowered tariffs on US Ag but is issuing exemptions or waivers. This will affect the ‘private’s’ sector as an incentive to find other suppliers, and means also that the SOEs will be the conduit for USPurchases. Using ‘waivers’ means they can flip back to the status quo ante trade war if , as they put it, ‘serious differences with the US escalate.

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  13. A2 says:

    Biegun heading back to U.S. as state of stalled talks with North Korea unclear
    Top U.S. negotiator, in his new role as Deputy Secretary of State, met second Chinese vice FM on Friday

    ‘ The top U.S. State Department negotiator in talks with North Korea departed China late Friday local time and is heading back to the U.S. after failing to win an audience with his DPRK counterparts this week, according to South Korean media who confirmed his flight reservation.’

    https://www.nknews.org/2019/12/biegun-heading-back-to-u-s-as-state-of-stalled-talks-with-north-korea-unclear/?t=1576852497811

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  14. A2 says:

    The upcoming party plenum: what policies Kim Jong Un may reverse, and announce
    Recent events and state media signaling suggest the reversal of agreements made with the U.S. and South Korea in 2018

    ‘ The events of the past two weeks, coupled with state media signaling over the past few months, indicate that North Korea will roll out hard-line policies at the upcoming plenum that will likely include reversals of Kim Jong Un’s decisions in 2018.’

    https://www.nknews.org/pro/upcoming-party-plenum-what-kim-jong-un-may-reverse-and-announce/?t=1576852497811

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  15. TreeClimber says:

    I was beginning to wonder if Kim had been dropped as unnecessary/a bad investment.

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  16. AnotherView says:

    Yes indeed–it does sound like Trump is poking NK for a response. Will be interesting to see how fast he reacts. Great catch Sundance!

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  17. A2 says:

    Trade war: China won’t rush into agriculture purchases under ‘phase one’ deal, US government adviser says
    China has pledged to buy at least US$80 billion in US agricultural products in the next two years, according to US trade representative Robert Lighthizer
    Tom Kehoe, an adviser to the US Department of Agriculture and the US Trade Representative, says the purchases will be decided by market prices

    https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3042576/trade-war-china-wont-rush-agriculture-purchases-under-phase

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    • This is all about buying time to REINDUSTRIALIZE the USA
      … and RECONSTRUCT Tech Supply Chains
      … with CHINA TARIFFS to fund China-imposed damage to Ag and others.

      IMO, tapping Sundance’s expression, the rest is Chaff & Countermeasures.

      In the end, the world will DECOUPLE from China
      • until it’s DEFANGED of the CCP
      • and it’s TRADE INTEGRITY has earned TRUST.

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  18. A2 says:

    U.S. military chief says ‘we are prepared for whatever’ from N. Korea

    ‘ WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) — The United States is “prepared for whatever” when it comes to a possible long-range missile launch from North Korea in the coming weeks, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday.
    Gen. Mark Milley made the comment during a press briefing at the Pentagon as tensions have risen over North Korea’s threats to resume long-range missile tests unless the U.S. offers concessions before the year-end.
    “We are prepared for whatever,” Milley said, refusing to discuss intelligence related to indications of an imminent launch.

    “In the public sphere, though, North Korea has indicated a variety of things, and I think you’re aware of all of those,” he added.
    North Korea has ratcheted up its rhetoric in recent weeks as a self-imposed year-end deadline for nuclear negotiations with the U.S. draws near.
    Pyongyang has warned Washington of an unwanted “Christmas gift” unless the latter takes steps to salvage the negotiations that have faltered since a February summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a deal.
    Two presumed engine tests at the Sohae satellite launch site have added to concerns the North is preparing to fire an intercontinental ballistic missile, which would end the moratorium it declared on nuclear and long-range missile tests in the wake of diplomatic engagement with the U.S. last year.
    Speaking alongside Milley, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed hope the North Koreans will return to the negotiating table.
    “Clearly, we think that the political solution is the best way forward to denuclearize the peninsula and to address North Korea’s programs,” he said. “I have two functions here, as I’ve said before: one is to ensure that we are in a high state of readiness, prepared to fight and win tonight if need be, and I’m confident in that. And secondly, to enable our diplomats. So, I remain hopeful that we could again get the process started again and remain on the diplomatic path.”
    Asked if the U.S. has increased its readiness level, Milley said simply that it has always remained very high on the Korean Peninsula.
    “We stay shoulder to shoulder with our ROK, our Republic of Korea, counterparts militarily, and there’s a close bond also with the military of Japan,” he said. “The tripartite alliance, if you will, between Japan, the United States and Republic of Korea is rock solid and I think it’s prepared to defend the interests of the United States, Japan and South Korea at a moment’s notice, and it has been for quite some time. It is today.”
    U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Charles Brown said earlier this week that he expects the “Christmas gift” to be the launch of “some type of long-range ballistic missile” and warned of all military options in response.
    Trump said Monday he would be disappointed if something was “in the works” in North Korea, adding, “And if it is, we’ll take care of it.”

    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191221000252325?section=nk/nk

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    • bruzedorange says:

      “Ballistic missles” caused me to wonder: What are the parameters (altitude of weapon/vehicle? …origin of launch? …etc.) of the new U.S.Space Force? Might a new Nork long-range ballistic launch be their first “overt” action as a separate command?

      I hope you (A2) and knowledgeable others will keep us informed.

      When I was young, my Dad told me so many stories about enmity between his USMC and the Navy, I sometimes wondered who he spent more time fighting: the Japanese or the USN!

      A good history of WW2 will address all three theatres of the conflict: Europe, Pacific, and DC. I mean… Midway was just an atoll, but DC is real turf!

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  19. MustangBlues says:

    Wonderful post by Sundance of just one the major positives of President Trump’s leadership and governance.

    President Trump is active on so many issues for America, superb leader of America.

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  20. A2 says:

    China, Russia propose lifting some U.N. sanctions on N. Korea: report

    ‘WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (Yonhap) — China and Russia on Monday proposed a draft United Nations resolution that would give North Korea some relief from sanctions, including exempting inter-Korean rail and road projects from the restrictions, according to Reuters.
    The text seen by the news agency also seeks to lift sanctions affecting North Korean exports of statues, seafood and textiles. It also calls for lifting a ban on North Koreans working abroad and the termination of a requirement to repatriate all North Korean workers by Dec. 22.
    The proposal comes less than a week after the United States convened the U.N. Security Council to discuss North Korea’s recent missile launches and possible future provocation.

    At that meeting, China and Russia’s envoys to the U.N. called for exploring ways to ease sanctions on North Korea to facilitate diplomatic efforts for denuclearization.
    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft, however, urged the North to refrain from provocations and warned that if events prove otherwise, the Council must prepare to “act accordingly.”
    She also said any discussion of a “new road map” or Security Council resolution must reflect the “reality” that North Korea has continued to develop and test its banned weapons programs and refused to engage in sustained dialogue over the past year and a half.
    Asked about the proposal, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said it is premature to consider offering sanctions relief.
    “(North Korea) is threatening to conduct an escalated provocation, refusing to meet to discuss denuclearization, and continuing to maintain and advance its prohibited weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs,” the spokesperson told Yonhap News Agency in an email.
    Reuters said it was not clear when or if the draft resolution could be put to a vote by the 15-member Security Council. The U.S., China and Russia are permanent, veto-wielding members, along with France and Britain.’

    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191217000452325

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    What is important here is that tomorrow all NK slave workers must return home from Russia And China, per their signing on the the sanctions regime. Russia is circumventing this by issuing significant numbers of ‘tourist’ and ‘student’ visas to get around it.

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    • A2 says:

      👉Update👇

      North Korean Workers in Russia, China Ignore Sunday Sanctions Deadline

      HOME | NEWS | NORTH KOREA

      North Korean Workers in Russia, China Ignore Sunday Sanctions Deadline
      2019-12-21
      RFA
      As the U.N. sanctions-mandated Sunday deadline for overseas North Korean workers to repatriate draws near, workers stationed in Russia are returning home, while in China, North Koreans appear to be ignoring sanctions entirely.

      The sanctions, imposed over the past decade in response to North Korean nuclear and missile tests, are intended to deprive Pyongyang of foreign cash and resources that could be used to expand those banned programs. The government of Kim Jong Un takes most of the earnings of workers it sends abroad to earn hard currency.‘

      According to RFA sources, many of the workers in Russia intend to return sometime next year.

      “They say they’ll be back next year,” a Russian citizen of Korean descent from Vladivostok told RFA’s Korean Service on Dec. 15.

      “On September 5th, Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora said that no North Korean workers would remain in Russia by December 22nd. After Matsegora’s announcement, the withdrawal of North Korean workers began in earnest,” the source said.

      The sanctions forbid countries from issuing new work visas to North Koreans, but the source said the workers have ways around that stipulation.

      “North Korean workers who came to Russia in 2017 with five-year work visas are expected to return home in time for the U.N. deadline, then change their visas and be sent back to Russia,” the source said.

      “Newer North Korean workers, who were dispatched late last year, have one-year training visas. Some of them are working at construction sites on three-month tourist visas,” said the source.

      The source said the workers were able to acquire tourist or training visas by lying on their applications.’

      Meanwhile, China appears to be ignoring sanctions, as many North Korean workers continue to enter the country even as the deadline approaches.

      “On the 16th, about 150 North Korean workers arrived in Donggang, a suburb of [the Chinese border city] Dandong, and immediately started working at a construction materials factory,” a trader from Dandong told RFA on Thursday.

      “The newly arrived workers are women in their 20s and early 30s, and the factory that hired them has never hired North Korean workers before,” the third source said.

      “This factory is quite large, with more than 300 Chinese workers in addition to the North Korean workers they just hired,” said the third source.‘

      https://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/nk-china-russia-sanctions-deadline-12212019103601.html

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      • Watch for POTUS to impose costs-of-noncompliance on China and Russia
        … that DWARF the benefits of NK workers or continued weapons programs

        Note the recent halt to completion of Russia’s NordStream 2 pipeline!

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  21. Little Berkeley Conservative says:

    It’s a shame that many people are still afflicted with TDS.

    They can’t share in feelings of “too much winning!”

    I’m so proud of our President!

    Merry Christmas Democrats!

    I hope Hanukkah Harry leaves lots of coal in your stockings come Christmas morning!

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  22. owtolunch says:

    Does Xi trade soybeans and corn to Kim for the nukes. (Xi saves the world from nuclear war).. Kim feeds his people and makes them fat and happy… The country father/mother feeding his children. Taking care of his family…

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  23. Giant Ground Sloth says:

    Why are we punishing the hostage (North Korea) and not the hostage-taker (China)? We should be ratcheting up tariffs on Chinese-made products, not ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea.
    This approach doesn’t make any sense.

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    • DebbieSemms says:

      I suspect because it would temporarily hurt our economy and it is getting close to the election. I assume you don’t want a dem elected.

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  24. Rynn69 says:

    Do you hear that? It is me laughing trying to conceive of any DC Swamp Dweller having the guts to save America by decoupling with China. President Trump’s guts, intelligence, and strategic wisdom is unmatched. The American people are with him all the way.

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    • A2 says:

      I actually do not understand your comment.

      PRC has been decoupling in many areas for the past decade, see the great firewall, before the President was even elected. This has accelerated as the assault on their advantageous economic and trade position has been threatened by the only President in recent memory.

      The US under President Trump is also decoupling for obvious reasons. USA first to counter the PRC.

      I am confident, if followed through, this administration will turn over the table for the good of the US, and also many countries in the world.

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      • Rynn69 says:

        I am referring to America’s initiative – not PRC.

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        • A2 says:

          But the evidence is clear. Both sides of the political spectrum have agreement on the threat from the PRC. See the overwhelming support for that in Congress. The only no vote in Congress for the HKHR act, the Human rights act supporting the Uyghurs in China put in concentration camps, sanctions against NK, Iran, actually was only one Republican Rep from Kentucky; the passage of legislation curtailing US companies from supplying high tech surveillance components to China, Huawei, and so on many outlined in the NDAA that just passed.

          So there is that. The two sides are at it hammer and tongs politically, but found common ground.

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          • JanPT says:

            Quite surprising, really. Dems do lurve themselves some concentration, oops reeducation camps, mass murder, oops population control, and a dictatorial elite, oops, I mean a benevolent, wiser, Dear Leadership…
            I must have my virtual keyboard services, it keeps glitching…

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  25. yukonblizzard says:

    Amongst the Twitter angst and Twitter propaganda by the simple mind’s of the democrat politicians and the media lying journalists, President Trump demonstrated with this Tweet how powerful his messaging truly is.

    He bypassed the fraudulent politicians and lying journalists to deliver a very informative multi messaged & multi addressed Tweet. Truly a work of communicative art!!!

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  26. yukonblizzard says:

    Amongst the Twitter angst and Twitter propaganda by the simple mind’s of the democrat politicians and the media lying journalists, President Trump demonstrated with this Tweet how powerful his messaging truly is.

    He bypassed the fraudulent politicians and lying journalists to deliver a very informative multi messaged & multi addressed Tweet. Truly a work of communicative art!!!

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  27. yukonblizzard says:

    Amongst the Twitter angst and Twitter propaganda by the simple mind’s of the democrat politicians and the media lying journalists, President Trump demonstrated with this Tweet how powerful his messaging truly is.

    He bypassed the fraudulent politicians and lying journalists to deliver a very informative multi messaged & multi addressed Tweet. Truly a work of communicative art!!!

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  28. MNBV says:

    NK?
    Who cares.
    They can posture with nukes as much as they like.
    They are a zero threat.
    They know if they ever use ONE against anyone the entire place will be reduced to a radioactive scrap heap by the US.
    NK nukes are irrelevant and unusable.
    Best disregard them and go for another round of golf.

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    • JanPT says:

      The Norks probably do not realise that the fallout traces clearly indicate who produced a used nuke…and they might yet deliver one to some Moreslum filthhole.
      Easy to bring on the water to within NY, unless they have detectors far superior to anything published…
      Now, what would be the consequences of that joint strike? Hit both the moreslum dump AND NK? The world will never condone any reaftion in kind. The victim would bevome the pariah, but without a response, it will happen again, as surely as the night follows the day.

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  29. jeans2nd says:

    Gordon Chang obviously does not see, or perhaps does not care to see, the Trump-Xi unfolding of the Kim negotiation. Or perhaps Chang is myopically focused on just Hong Kong.

    Whichever, one would hope Chang, an important voice to whom many listen and rely, would change his views on the Phase 1 trade deal and consider the other possibilities.

    Dr Peter Navarro will be on for the full hour again with Steve Bannon and his crew tomorrow. Will wait for Dr Navarro’s further take on the Phase 1 deal.
    As for Kim – well, it is what it is. Our Lord willing.all will turn out for the best with L’il Kim and the North Korean people, who are hostages as well.

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  30. snellvillebob says:

    Realize that China has broken every trade agreement they have ever made.

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    • Curtis Gomes says:

      They were never held accountable by our previous weak and ineffective leaders. They have always gotten their way at the expense of the American worker. They recently tried that again by backing out of the first trade agreement. Trump put on heavy tariffs. The Chinese economy is stagnant at best. The US is booming. Trump holds all the cards and President Xi knows it. They can’t afford to renege on any deal they agree to. If they do, the consequences are spelled out clearly and steps will be taken immediately. Xi has said, “Trump has a big brain”. He knows he’s not dealing with the Bushs, the Clintons, Obama or any other of the weak leader that the US has had to endure. Yes, China cannot be trusted. We all know that. So what! Does that mean we can’t back them into a corner and get a deal? Gosh no! If it works… wonderful. If not, we are no worse off. Quit with the unnecessary worry…

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    • Fools Gold says:

      True but for the past 3 and next 5 years their dealing with a devastating counterpuncher who always wins not a big dumb punching bag. 😎

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  31. Curtis Gomes says:

    If there is any real justice in this world, Donald J. Trump will go down as one of the greatest leaders and presidents that this country has ever had. He has done more for this republic and the free world in three years than has been accomplished in the previous 24 years combined….. much more.

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  32. A2 says:

    Trump and Abe hold ‘thorough’ talks on North Korea
    Phone call comes after special envoy fails to access Pyongyang

    ‘ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked with U.S. President Donald Trump over the phone for an hour and 15 minutes on Saturday evening, the phone call was described as an emergency phone session over North Korea ’

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Trump-and-Abe-hold-thorough-talks-on-North-Korea

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    • A2 says:

      Kim Jong Un guides enlarged Workers Party military commission meeting, says North Korea sets new steps to boost national defense capability- via KCNA👇

      ‘Also discussed were important issues for decisive improvement of the overall national defence and core matters for the sustained and accelerated development of military capability, for self-defence”.

      👇

      “ N.K. leader presides over expanded Central Military Commission meeting of Workers’ Party

      SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers’ Party and discussed “important organizational and political measures and military steps to bolster up” the armed fores, state media said Sunday.
      The meeting was held amid heightened tensions with the United States with Pyongyang threatening to seek a “new way” unless Washington comes up with a acceptable proposal in their nuclear negotiations by end of the year.

      “Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un gave analysis and briefing on the complicated internal and external situation and said that the meeting would decide on important organizational and political measures and military steps to bolster up the overall armed forces of the country,” the Korean Central News Agency said.

      “Also discussed were important issues for decisive improvement of the overall national defence and core matters for the sustained and accelerated development of military capability for self-defence,” it added.

      The meeting also decided on “important military issues and measures for organizing or expanding and reorganizing new units in conformity with the party’s military and strategic intention, changing the affiliation of some units and changing deployment of units.”
      KCNA, however, did not provide details on military capability of self-defense. It did not mention when the meeting took place.

      The meeting appears to suggest that the North could soon hold a plenary meeting of the party’s Central Committee, where it could decide to scrap its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.
      The North declared the moratorium during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee last year in a highly symbolic peace gesture that led to the first-ever summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June last year.

      Kim and Trump held their second summit in Hanoi in February this year, but the talks ended without an agreement due to wide differences over how to match Pyongyang’s denuclearization measures and Washington’s sanctions relief.
      The two sides held working-level talks in October, but little progress was made.’
      https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20191222000300325

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