KoChina may have tipped its hand as to how Beijing would react if the current standoff between the U.S. and North Korea comes to blows.
An editorial in the state-run newspaper Global Times that ran late Thursday, headlined “Reckless game over the Korean Peninsula runs risk of real war,” started making the rounds early in the Asian trading hours, as those equities extended a selloff over the tensions.
China won’t come to North Korea’s help if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday, but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.
Via USA Newsflash:
A statement written by a Chinese newspaper reported:
“If the U.S. 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 U.S. on the other hand, has a whole group of supportive allies on responding to the aggression from the North, with Japan’s defense minister Itsunori Onodera also saying this week that their military was ready to shoot down North Korean missiles if necessary.
Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull also hinted that his country had “joined at the hip” taking side with the free world.
Military leaders of the free world nations along with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis have already drafted their plans for every worst-case scenario. The good news is that China has vowed to stay out of the fight, and now with that fact in mind, Mattis’ playbook has opened up new possibilities.
The bellicosity between North Korea and the U.S. spiked Tuesday when President Donald Trump vowed to bring ”fire and fury” down on North Korea if it threatened the U.S. or any of its allies. In response, North Korea laid out how it would launch missiles toward the U.S. territory Guam. Trump then, on Thursday, doubled down on his “fire and fury” statement on Thursday, saying perhaps his words hadn’t been tough enough.