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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 20, 2017


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Trump visited China in friendship and peace. His granddaughter sang in Mandarin. Her video was played at a high profile state banquet. Everyone seemed happy.

In South Korea, President Moon, likely to go down in history as a failed diplomat-wannabe, rehashed South Korean hard feelings against the Japanese. His country— threatened by his enemy to the north, backed by its ally, China—is cozying-up with China.

Trump was en route to visit the DMZ in Korea, but heavy fog forced Marine One to turn around. The US president returned home and China sought to strengthen relations with North Korea.

Regardless of whatever happens in and between the US, Japan, China, and North Korea, South Korean President Moon will go down in history as a capitulator who let a century-old vendetta guide him into the friend of his enemy. While the Western press narrative is to paint China as the bad guy, Moon is the real bad guy because he is the only leader in Asia who shows weakness.

China would do well to learn from Moon’s errors. Every bit of progress China makes with Korea comes from pressing forward and abandoning revenge campaigns of the past. Everything South Korea stands to lose comes from reviving revenge campaigns of the past.

Korea, both North and South, has become an arena. With North Korea’s dependency on China and Moon’s capitulation, Koreans are no longer players in the game. Either the US or China will be the one to bring peace on the peninsula and the region. The winner will be whoever looks to the future and forgives the past.

North Korean Soldier Shot by Own Troops as He Defects to the South | NY Times

South Korean authorities capture U.S. citizen in buffer zone along border with North Korea | LA Times

China and North Korea hold highest-level talks for two years in bid to end nuclear crisis | Independent

China wins its war against South Korea’s US THAAD missile shield – without firing a shot | SCMP

China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits | CNBC – Reuters

Source: Pacific Daily Times
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One thought on “Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 20, 2017

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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    Posted by daveyone1 | November 21, 2017, 3:47 am

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