For months, President Donald Trump has been trying to get Chinese President Xi Jinping to help calm down North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un, but there has been little cooperation.
Surprisingly, China voted to approve the ultra-strict sanctions placed on North Korea by the United Nations Security Council. Over half of North Korea’s economy is based upon their trade with China. If China lives up to the terms of the UN sanctions, it would economically devastate the rogue nation.
Jinping’s lack of cooperation and willingness to talk to Kim to ease the tensions in the reason has led many to believe that China would quickly side with North Korea in the event Kim attacks the US and starts a war.
However, it was just announced that China says they will remain neutral in any conflict between the US and North Korea, unless the US strikes first, and then they will side with Kim.
China’s government says it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the United States, but warned it would defend its Asian neighbor if the U.S. strikes first and tries to overthrow Kim Jong Un’s regime, Chinese state media said Friday.
“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,” reported the Global Times, a daily Chinese newspaper controlled by the Communist Party.
Meanwhile, other Asia-Pacific countries have come out in support of the United States in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack…
Chances are, China could be taking a neutral stand at the beginning to see just how badly North Korea could cripple and weaken the United States. If the US remains strong, it would be to their advantage to stay neutral, but if the US is dealt a severe blow, it would be to China’s best interest to then side with North Korea to finish the US off.