- - Friday, August 11, 2017

It is becoming clear how thin the shine on the bromance between Chinese President Xi and American President Donald Trump, initiated earlier in the year at Mar-a-lago, really was.  China, rattled by American resolve to actually deal with the situation, has declared it will defend its long-term ally, North Korea, in the event of a first strike by the United States.  

President Trump has made it very clear that the time for talking to North Korea about stopping its nuclear weapons program is over. It is obvious that China, and Russia for that matter, are concerned Trump may actually do what he says.  

“If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime, and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” reported the Global Times, a daily Chinese newspaper controlled by the Communist Party, reported Fox News.
However, traditional American allies are stepping up to the plate as Japan and Australia have declared they will support America in any conflict, Japan going so far as warning it will shoot down North Korean missiles.

Australia declared American and Oz are “joined at the hip.” “If there is an attack on the U.S., the Anzus Treaty would be invoked,” and Australia would aid the U.S., Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Australian media. 

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