China and Russia seem to be coordinating their response to President Trump’s pressure to solve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The American president has recently stated that although China tried, “it doesn’t seem to be working.”
American carriers are gathering off the coast, special forces are training in-country, and South Korean and American forces are exercising. What is really worrying the two adversaries to the U.S. are the American military’s plans to place further batteries of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. This capability can not only stop North Korean ballistic missiles but Chinese and Russians as well. There is nothing that scares the Kremlin or Beijing like American missile defense, just ask Mikhail Gorbachev.
“Currently tensions are high and we certainly would like to see a de-escalation,” Chinese Ambassador Liu told a news conference at U.N. headquarters. “If tension only goes up … then sooner or later it will get out of control and the consequences would be disastrous,” he said, reported AFP.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia the U.S. is struggling to halt a “years-long campaign of demonization of North Korea … but this is a path without an alternative,” he said. “The pressure can ultimately spark a clash. That would be catastrophic for a region of such significance to everyone.”
“We suggest that the U.S. gives up on the flawed logic of escalation when one side’s action is followed by a counteraction, thereby increasing the pressure on the opposing side.”
Coming off joint naval exercises in the Pacific and in the Baltic Sea, the fact that these two nations are coordinating a response to American pressure on Kim Jong-un means that a campaign against the North Korean leader may also involve a response by China or Russia.
It seems Mr. Trump has decided to finally deal with the problem of the North’s sabre rattling and nuclear threats against the United States. It seems China and Russia may believe him.