China warns the US against attacking North Korea first

UN XIIf North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States then China should stay neutral, but if the United States attacks first and tries to overthrow North Korea’s government China will stop them, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday.

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader on Thursday, warning Pyongyang against attacking Guam or U.S. allies after it disclosed plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory.

China, North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner, has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis. It has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the United States that it sees as escalating tensions.

The widely read state-run Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, wrote in an editorial that Beijing is not able to persuade either Washington or Pyongyang to back down.

“It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand,” said the paper, which does not represent government policy.

“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral,” it added.

“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.”

China has long worried that any conflict on the Korean peninsula, or a repeat of the 1950-53 Korean war, could unleash a wave of destabilizing refugees into its northeast, and could end up with a reunified county allied with the United States.

North Korea is a useful buffer state for China between it and U.S. forces based in South Korea, and also across the sea in Japan.

The Global Times said China will “firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned”.

“The Korean Peninsula is where the strategic interests of all sides converge, and no side should try to be the absolute dominator of the region.”

REUTERS

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  • Danny Farah

    So Mr. Chinese shall we wait for Pig Pong to shoot at us and heaven forbids it lands in area where it’s heavily populated then you are allowing us to strike? after all this clown threats how do we know he is not going to react? he has killed his own family members and many around him. Some were shot with cannons and others fed to the dogs. what do you really want to make of this clown? why can’t you instead overthrow him and replace him with somebody who is sane and then bring stability between North and South. Or is it that the Chinese want to keep us at bay and scared because of this bastard constant threats. I say to the Chinese either shut him up or shut the hell up.

    • Omega

      Your comment is a prime example illustrating the effectiveness of the mainstream media aimed at keeping the mass fearful, subjugated and thus blindly obedient.

      • Danny Farah

        My comment speaks the truth and China has been bullying many nations. Look at them now they want to fight India, Vietnam, Philippine and want to take over Taiwan. What proof do you want?
        Pig Pong has been threatening the US and even his late father did the same thing. China was supposed to quiet him instead it seems they are supporting his rhetoric and they could careless if NK bombed a city or two in the US. the US didn’t start this and if you are going to accuse us of doing it then you are blind. It seems like you are subjugated blindly by Al Manar and anything that’s anti us propaganda. it seems to me that you live here i am just guessing and if you are and don’t like the US please feel free and get a ticket to where you came from if you don’t like it. And if you are here then consider yourself lucky because in other countries you would be killed or at least jailed for speaking against the regimes the like of Bashar, Iran, and anyone you follows.

        • Ilami-Gilaki

          Who’s fault is it that Iran isn’t a democracy?
          Even Syria had a democratically elected president that the US removed. The last thing the US wants is the spread of democracy. Haha even in Iran where people are very US-friendly, people would never vote for a gov’t that is a puppet of the US.

        • Omega

          Your comment speaks, as ever, emotions and very little to no facts.

          The US has been at war with other countries for 222 years out of its 239 years of existence but according to you, it is China (and Russian, Iran, NK) who are “bullying” others. There again, your source of information is the US mainstream media. You asked me what proof do I want — any (outside what the US says) would do. I honestly don’t know how you will disproof the US’ wars from Asia to South America and every thing in between but I suspect that “saving the world in bringing Democracy” should come up.

          NK threatening the US is nothing new and the US loves it as it can sell its weaponry to both Japan and SK. It also keeps the populace divided and docile on both sides – you’re an example of that.

          Little that you know, yes, it was the US who started this. Educate yourself and see how the Anglo-Americans split Korea into two territories with Truman. I’ll spare you the millions of Koreans who died in the process. A good read on the topic here:

          The Unknown Truth About Korea: U.S. Sanctioned Death Squads and War Crimes, 1945-1953

          http://www.brianwillson.com/the-unknown-truth-about-korea-u-s-sanctioned-death-squads-and-war-crimes-1945-1953/

          The case of splitting lands and thus creating rivals is the British Empire’s modus operandi. Pakistan out of India, Ukraine out of Russia, Taiwan out of China and the the Middle East are some examples.

          Did you by any chance mean that I am anti-US and not “anti-US propaganda”? If so, your emotions must have blinded your reason once again. I am against the US’ devastating foreign policy that does not respect the sovereignty of others, that always end up killing millions of innocent lives, that is aimed at enriching a small group of bi/trillionaires in imposing all sorts of reforms (banking, defense, agricultural, etc).

          You claim that I am blinded by Al-Manar. Could you show me where aI made a single reference to it in my comments? Or is it another one of your lies? I don’t follow Bashar or Iran but I believe in respecting others sovereignty.

          You can keep the US all to yourself, I am perfectly happy where I was born, raised and live.

          • Ilami-Gilaki

            These are undeniable facts. Even Danny can’t deny them but aren’t you just proud of him being your compatriot? That is, if you don’t consider him a pretender, which I guess you don’t.

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