Beijing firmly on Kim Jong-un’s side


The Global Times, the Chinese government’s unofficial mouthpiece, has called on Beijing to remain neutral should a conflict erupt between North Korea and the United States…unless Washington decides to attack first.

“China should […] make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. If the US 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,” the article published on Thursday read.

Both Washington and Pyongyang escalated their threatening rhetoric this week.

On Tuesday, President Trump warned Pyongyang that any further threats by the rogue regime would be met by “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) responded by saying that Kim Jong-un was “carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam […] in order to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base.”

On Thursday, President Trump reiterated his warning to Kim Jong-un and pledged that Pyongyang would not get away with attacking the U.S.

“Let’s see what he does with Guam. [If] he does something with Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before,” Mr. Trump stressed.

The Pacific Ocean island of Guam is home to the Andersen Air Force Base in the north, where more than 2,000 active duty service members are stationed, while Naval Base Guam further south boasts more than 6,000 active duty Navy members. The U.S. territory is located some 2,100 miles from Pyongyang and could easily be targeted by North Korea’s medium- and long-range missiles. Should the rogue regime carry through with its threat, the Trump administration can rely on Australia’s support.

Last week, a leaked transcript of a January telephone conversation between Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Trump revealed that Canberra would intervene should Pyongyang attack the U.S. On Friday morning, Turnbull said that his country and the U.S. were “joined at the hip” through a mutual defense treaty.

“If there is an attack on the United States by North Korea, then the ANZUS Treaty will be invoked and Australia will come to the aid of the United States, just as if there was an attack on Australia, the United States would come to our aid,” he told a Melbourne radio station. The 1951 ANZUS Security Treaty is a mutual defense agreement signed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States following WWII.