It must have been quite a dinner for the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, at Donald Trump’s resort in Florida’s Mar-a-lago. One moment you are tasting American delicacies and the next, the president is leaning in to tell you he just lobbed 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria. The conversations that happened after that dinner were probably significantly altered.
Now, we know that President Trump received a phone call on Wednesday stating that Beijing is willing to work with Washington to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as long as they can do it through peaceful means. President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, “Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea.”
Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2017
Xi expressed to Trump that China insisted on peace and stability within the Korean Peninsula. This became important in the wake of the USS Carl Vison being deployed to the sea surrounding North Korea. The United States and South Korea began conducting dramatic military drills. “China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula … and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the American side over the issue on the peninsula,” Xi was quoted as saying by state media.
The phone call from China’s president came after Trump delivered a pair of warning tweets saying that North Korea “is looking for trouble” and vowing to get the North Korean regime under Kim Jong-Un under control with or without China’s help. “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!” Trump tweeted. And in a 2nd tweet, Trump warned, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”
China’s primary concern is the destabilization of North Korea causing its collapse. The result would be a flood of refugees fleeing across their border and then a U.S. friendly power taking over Pyonguang.
North Korea has issued its own warnings saying that it would “hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences” if there is any further military action after the USS Carl Vinson arrived in the area of the Korean Peninsula. Tensions increased dramatically when The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that activity was apparently taking place at a North Korean nuclear test site ahead of the April 15th schedule. That date is the anniversary of the communist countries founding.
There is no doubt that the world is safer if China and the U.S. can stand together regarding North Korea. Do you think the president is on the right track?