Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 25, 2017

China is taking a turn for the better over North Korea’s “Rocket Man”. Stronger sanctions, limits on trade, cutting off oil, halting banking—it was all a wise move on China’s part.

At the United Nations, North Korea made no new friends. They made no indications of any change of heart. North Korea shares the same view of President Trump as the American Left: that he is crazy and irrational and should be called the types of names expected on an elementary school playground.

Even China’s new best buddy, Russia, is concerned for stability in the region. It’s not a threat. It doesn’t sound like a threat. Russia is genuinely concerned. Conflict with North Korea is, indeed, a nosedive and it does affect all Koreans, both North and South, as well as Japan, Russia, and, of course, China. Ending trade is the best bet.

Keeping North Korea alive and kicking as a China-Russia buddy is no longer a reasonable “hopeful”. Now, it’s about damage control. China is being urged to consider cleaning up the dismembered parts of a soon-to-be-former North Korea to avoid other problems.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is expected to call an election. There’s no better time to get re-elected than when the backyard “Rocket Man” is firing missiles over your country and Russia and China won’t do anything about anything except cut off trade with “Rocket Man”. So, from this week’s ongoing drama with North Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Abe is likely to remain in office and China got more involved.

North Korea says Donald Trump’s “Rocket Man” jibe means missile attacks on US mainland ‘inevitable’ | Mirror

Japan’s Abe expected to announce snap poll amid worries over North Korea crisis | Yahoo – Reuters

Tsai calls for constitutional reforms | Taipei Times

What if worst comes to worst with North Korea? China ‘must be ready’ for war on the peninsula | SCMP

Russia and China quietly build business bonds | Financial Times

North Korea’s A-Bomb Is Deterring U.S. First Strike, Russia Says | Bloomberg

Russia warns US over ‘very unpredictable nosedive’ with North Korea | News

North Korea keeps up military threats against U.S. after Trump’s ridicule | Chicago Tribune

Why Trump’s economic moves against North Korea may do more to tame Kim than any insult | Fox News