Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 24, 2017

All eyes on Korea means all eyes on China, which means all eyes on Trump. What’s at stake?—not nuclear war, not regional war, not freedom for northern Koreans, but a trade deal with China. At least, that’s the story if you ask the money channels.

China is a “gold mine for innovation”, the hope for breakthrough in the car crisis—in case you didn’t know there was a car crisis. Australia is partnering with—of all countries—China to address cyber theft. China is such a booming, excellent, most-happening place that Chinese investors have actually decided it’s a good idea to finally start reinvesting in their own country.

But, most importantly, Trump needs to be very, very careful in dealing with northern Korea. China even said so. They even made a phone call to say it.

US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap | Zero Hedge

Volleyball Over, North Koreans Go Back to Work at Nuclear Site, Analysts Say | NY Times

North Korea says ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier | Yahoo – Reuters

Third U.S. citizen detained in North Korea: sources | Yonhap News

The Future of U.S.-China Relations Depends on North Korea | Real Clear World

Trump’s claim that Korea ‘actually used to be a part of China’ | WA Post

US carrier USS Carl Vinson in exercises with Japan | NZ Herald

China urges restraint in dealing with North Korea | Aljazeera

China’s Leader Urges Restraint on North Korea in Call With Trump | NY Times

Chinese agribusiness executive ‘hopeful’ regarding US-China trade | CNBC

China is a gold mine for innovation, says head of Chinese robot firm | CNBC

China may lead the electric car revolution | The Verge

Asset managers rush to launch onshore funds in China | Financial Times

Australia and China in pact against cyber theft | Financial Times