Now he has trumpeted his latest scheme, one that involves yet another trade deal, even though he said before he was elected that the latest one, the TPP, had been "done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country, just a continuing rape of our country ... This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally our middle class. It doesn't have to be this way. We can turn it around, and we can turn it around fast."
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Trump that China "is committed to the target of denuclearization on the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means," though history would suggest otherwise.
Meanwhile, China exhibited warehouses full of carrier-killing DF-21D missiles on China Central Television, with a female journalist saying, "Officers and men spent all their thoughts and energy on battling and how to win battles." Against the U.S., she meant.
Trump should have asked Xi about the fact that key components of the DPRK's recently launched missile were made in China. And that Shenyang Machine Tool Co. Ltd. integrated European technology into the industrial milling machines it sold to North Korea, with these milling machines used to manufacture missile parts.
"These goods were supplied to Shenyang Machine Tools under the condition that they would not be retransferred to North Korea or other sanctioned states," stated the report by the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington nonprofit that focuses on nuclear-weapons proliferation.
"Military force cannot resolve the issue," said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, referring exclusively to the use of U.S. force, as China has been preparing for war for many years, buying weapons with the money American capitalists throw at it.
China said that tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an "irreversible and unmanageable stage," but given that China routinely deports North Koreans back to certain imprisonment, torture, and/or executions, China is only saying that because it doesn't want millions of starving North Koreans crossing its border.
China is both a completely corrupt country where anything can be bought -- it is truly an Ayn Rand groupie's fantasy -- and a country run by a totalitarian government, with it playing a dangerous game to keep the U.S. out of Asia, especially near its borders. As long as people do not interfere with the government, the sky's the limit.
"With them, it was never a team sport. It was always just the bare minimum of what they had to do in order to avoid having to take serious action," admitted an Obama administration nonproliferation official involved in sensitive negotiations with China over its relations with North Korea.
In any case, we should not be trading with the duplicitous China at all. China is not our friend or even a reliable partner.
The Trump administration has said that it might strike if another nuclear test is imminent, but given that most of the preparations are underground, it would be difficult to determine the exact schedule. North Korea watchers have been saying that the test is imminent for months now.
On this 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the DPRK and someone who possibly made the list of top-ten murderers of all time, with all North Koreans being required to obsequiously honor the Day of the Sun, there is the very real danger that Trump will channel his inner George W. Bush and order regime change. Trump has no idea what kind of genie is in the bottle. If he attacks, he may kill millions of people, both directly and indirectly, but if he doesn't attack, he will prove himself to be a blowhard like his predecessor. This is Trump's redline moment.