And It’s An Obvious One
The NYT is reporting on the troublesome relationship between
America and China over trade and North Korea. For some odd reason the
Trumpies believe that they can get China
to help with containment of North Korea
while at the same time attacking China on its trade policies.
While past presidents have tried at least ostensibly to keep security and economic issues on separate tracks in their dealings with
Mr. Trump has explicitly linked the two, suggesting he would back off from a
trade war against Beijing if it does more to
“If North Korea
helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade, a lot differently toward
trade,” he told reporters on Thursday. China
This is insulting to
China, particularly when it is done
in public. And things are not going all
that well. China has apparently put forth a
Still, the leadership has been vexed that the Trump administration has paid scant attention to
China’s proposal for a “freeze for freeze”
solution to .
Described many times by North Korea China’s
foreign minister, Wang Yi, the notion calls for North
Korea to freeze its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile
program at current levels in exchange for the United
States drawing down military exercises off the . Korean Peninsula
Really, does the
need military exercise near Korea
to prepare to attack or defend against the poorest military nation in the
world? Looks like a reasonable tradeoff.
So why aren’t things going better? Oh there is this.
Much of the diplomacy between
China and the
has been conducted between Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the
Chinese ambassador in Washington, Cui Tiankai. United States
Ah yes, the Boy Wonder coming straight from his appearance on the Original Amateur Hour.