A caller in to CFAX this morning provided perhaps the best analysis I’ve come across thus far.
To paraphrase the individual, he said the Americans are quietly waging war on China. Their coziness before North Korea is one major step in an effort to destabilize China’s expansion and sphere of influence in that part of the world and maintain US-backed superiority among nations like South Korea, Japan and Taiwan that are growing increasingly concerned over a more powerful and resource hungry China.
The back and forth over what Trump said or didn’t say is more or less irrelevant. What is relevant is American protectionism and it’s economic war with China that’s been playing out and which has gained traction under a Republican administration, and the pursuit of North Korean resources.
That's sort of what I thought. It's another market for McDonalds & Starbucks, Halliburton could get cost-plus contracts to build their infrastructure, North Korean farmers could use Monsanto seeds & risk violating some intellectual-property clause in some "free-trade" agreement if they don't, obviously there would be military bases there for many decades sort of like okinawa & needless to say CIA & NSA eavesdropping facilities.... or the country could descend into civil war like Syria or Libya, which wouldn't be a bad thing either since it doesn't just border china but it's just a few hundred kilometres from beijing, and why could china want that kind of instability right there? a major bonus is that russia's pacific fleet is at vladivostok also. either way if you care about american (corporate) interests, what trump is doing couldn't be a bad thing.
Edited by amor de cosmos, 13 June 2018 - 05:20 PM.