An Editorial appearing in tomorrow's edition of the state run China "Global Times" newspaper, lays out China's final position on the tensions between its client state of North Korea, and the US / Allies.
It is an established fact that the Global Times is a reliable method used by the Chinese government to convey its political positions, both to its citizens and to the world at large. So when the paragraphs below were included the lead Editorial of today's paper entitled "Reckless game over the Korean Peninsula runs risk of real war" the world can rely upon this as solid Chinese position:
Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time. 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.
China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. If the US 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 opposes both nuclear proliferation and war in the Korean Peninsula. It will not encourage any side to stir up military conflict, and will firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China's interests are concerned. It is hoped that both Washington and Pyongyang can exercise restraint. 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.
All things considered, this is a very even-handed approach.
China sees what North Korea is doing, and knows it is looking at launching nuclear-tipped missiles in the direction of the U.S. Territory of GUAM next week. It knows this because North Korea announced its intention yesterday.
China also knows that in its announcement of pending missile launches toward GUAM, the North Koreans called it "a historic enveloping fire" 30-40km off the coast of GUAM - which most people interpret as being NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS.
They will do this as a "show of force" against the United States, to prove:
1) They have nukes, and;
2) They have the ability to mount them atop a missile, and;
3) They have the ability to fire that missile accurately at a specific target, and;
4) Unless we stop doing whatever it is they don't like, they will fire more missiles to actually HIT US targets.
China also knows that early today, North Korea announced their intention to conduct an "atmospheric nuclear test over International waters."
Launching at Guam fits that description.
The North Koreans ___think___ they can get away with calling this a "test" and that it won't be "an Act of War" because the missiles will land in International waters.
The world will see this for exactly what it is: Outright nuclear intimidation.
If this takes place, and live nuclear warheads are actually flown on missiles and detonate 30-40km off GUAM, all bets are off as far as a limited US strike using B-1b bombers, which is an option mentioned by the Pentagon this afternoon.
If nukes detonate, we will have no choice at all but to utterly smash North Korea or else face never-ending nuclear blackmail.
China's position then, is actually a "Green Light" for the US to retaliate if North Korea actually does what it has said it is going to do. Not that we need a green light from China, but it's good to know the Chinese are being fair about the entire situation. It makes the troubles less complicated.
Next week, all of us will get to see how this turns out.
Will North Korea launch Missiles at GUAM?
Will those missiles be nuclear-tipped?
Will the US, South Korea or Japan shoot-down those missiles?
Will the missiles hit near Guam (or anywhere else) and detonate a nuclear bomb?
All these question will apparently be answered next week by North Korea.
Americans would be well advised to stock up right now on Emergency Water, Food, Gasoline/ Propane for Barbecue grills, an emergency generator for electricity and other necessities in case war breaks out next week.
North Korea has "Sleeper Cells" already here in the USA. If war breaks out, those Sleeper Cells will attack our infrastructure, our power grid, our public water supplies.
Highway bridges and tunnels, railroads and such, may be taken out at key junctions to halt transportation of food and supplies until repairs are made. Those repairs could take months.
Americans must be prepared to take care of themselves during this time. Government will not be able to do it for you.