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What China Wants From Trump

In most Asian capitals, as in Washington, Trump’s arrival in the region for an 11-day trip has prompted acute anxiety about what he might say or do. This is especially true regarding trade issues and North Korea, the two focal points of the U.S. administration’s still-nascent Asia policy. But in Beijing, Xi and the rest of the Chinese leadership can be more sanguine: since last November, China has succeeded in appearing to more and more of Asia as the steady, stable great power alongside an unpredictable and undependable United States.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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The Cold, Calculated Logic Behind North Korea’s Missile Tests

While North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile tests may appear to be brazen provocations from an unstable and irascible leader, nothing could be further from the truth. Kim Jong-un’s actions, while provocative, are both rational and win him and his scientists important technical insights and improve the credibility of North Korea’s strategic deterrent.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Kim’s Nukes Aren’t a Bargaining Chip. They’re an Insurance Policy

North Korea looks pretty scary at the moment, firing off missile after missile, threatening to target Guam, and, on Sept. 3, testing what the regime claims was its first hydrogen bomb. And the country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un—so ruthless he may have had members of his own family murdered—might be just crazy enough to push the button to initiate a catastrophic war. Or maybe not.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s Options On North Korea Going From Bad To Worse

Sanctions on North Korea have been tried, and failed. Serious negotiations seem like a pipedream. And any military strike would almost surely bring mass devastation and horrific civilian casualties. The Trump administration’s options are going from bad to worse as Kim Jong-un’s military marches ever closer to being able to strike the US mainland with nuclear weapons.

Read Here – AP

Also Read: North Korea’s Nuke Test Reveals Terrifying Capabilities

Decoding The Korean Peninsula Missile Rhetoric

History might not be a perfect guide, of course, given the unusual circumstances we now face. North Korea has reached the point of perfecting its missile systems. It may well be unwilling to subordinate the pace of testing to political calculations when it is so close to the goal-line. As for the U.S., whose president has elevated unpredictability to an art form, it is hard to turn to the past for reliable instruction regarding the future.

Read Here – International Crisis Group

North Korea Just Called Trump’s Bluff. Here’s What the US Can Do

North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile flew right past President Donald Trump’s boast of “It won’t happen!” Guess what, boss? It’s happening. It’s bad and it’s going to get worse. And Trump has no plan for how to stop it… If Kim is not stopped it is likely that he will have missiles capable of hitting Los Angeles, New York, and Washington with a thermonuclear warhead by the end of Donald Trump’s first term.

Read Here – Defense One

North Korea Missile Test Exposes How Trump Has Overplayed His Hand

Pakistan – China’s 23rd Province?

The China-Pakistan nexus has naturally led to anxiety about China’s future intentions. While capabilities take decades to develop, intentions can change overnight. India should concentrate its energies on developing its economy and building its military capabilities in order to face up to the Chinese challenge.

Read Here – DailyO

Unleash Diplomacy, Not Missiles in Syria

The alternative to the proposed US strike is not inaction, but rather a more comprehensive approach which takes into account the underlying reality in which the horrors at al-Ghouta took place: the proxy war in Syria.  Come what may, only talks aimed at achieving a ceasefire, including wrangling with Russia and Iran, will stop the downward slide in Syria.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

Russia Looks East As West Growls

Russia’s security differences with NATO countries have been encouraging Moscow to strengthen ties with Asian countries, above all China. These differences range from concerns over U.S. missile defense programs to unease about NATO’s increasingly capable conventional weapons to dissatisfaction with Moscow’s minimal influence on European security issues due to Russia’s non-membership in NATO.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Dragon Gets a Bear Hug

Russia is resuming the supply of advanced weapon platforms to China in a move that may have implications for India. At the end of last year, Russia concluded a framework agreement with China for the sale of four Amur-1650 diesel submarines. In January it signed another intergovernmental agreement for the supply of Russia’s latest Su-35 long-range fighter planes. If the deals go through, it will be for the first time in a decade that Russia has delivered offensive weapons to China.

Read Here – The Hindu

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