April 26, 2017
China could solve this by demanding Kim chill, the US could solve this by backing off their war-machine and demanding South Korea chill.
The fact that neither of those things are happening indicates that both sides are benefiting from this situation, mainly, I would assert, through the ongoing media spectacle it creates.
Kim Jong-Un’s army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea’s ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.
Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.
Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.
Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.
And in a defiant bit of timing, South Korea have announced that key parts of a contentious US missile defense system have been installed.
The South’s trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered US military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.
On the same day, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea.
And the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is also headed toward the peninsula for a joint exercise with South Korea.
The exercise took place as a US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles program.
Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.
The Southern population is actually protesting their government allying with the US and escalating the situation, while the US is sending weaponry that could obviously decimate the North in a matter of minutes.
If there was an actual war between North and South, the South could win it quickly. There is no real doubt that they have the ability to block a strike by the North, nor any doubt that the North does not have the ability to block a retaliation from the current systems the US has installed in the South (let alone all the new stuff currently being shipped in).
But of course, it isn’t about that. This is a proxy conflict between the West and China. And while both parties are saying they’re against it, both parties are acting in support of it.
You can say “oh well, it’s just a Texas Hold-Em bluff game (rather than some multi-dimensional chess deal) that they’re playing” – but why?
Who actually wants war between China and the US?
Is this related to trade negotiations?
Or is it just about domestic approval ratings for both parties?
It’s definitely more beneficial for Trump than it is for Xi and the PRC. Trump needs any distraction he can find, as he breaks every single promise he made to his voters in machine-gun succession.
Whatever the case, it is boring me.
The only dog I have in this fight is securing the existence of K-Pop and a future for Korean pop idols.