As The Bamboos Sway: How the West Pack was Un-Won


If we think that President Donald Trump, for the United States, scored over Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, for North Korea, in their historic meeting in Singapore last June 12, 2018, maybe we should think again.

During George W. Bush’s administration, in the heat of the Iraq invasion, he also rattled the saber against North Korea which he lumped with the Axis of Evil along with Iran, Syria, Libya, and Cuba. He said in his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002 that “States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.” More recently, before the Singapore meeting, President Donald Trump also called North Korea a terrorist country and threatened to denuclearize the country, sending USS nuclear ships close to the maritime borders of the peninsula that also shares borders with China.

Kim Jong-Un was not cowed, continuing to fire test missiles that he claimed could incapacitate US forces and US ally countries in the vicinity should the US fire the first salvo of war. He maintained that the only reason that the US could not invade North Korea as it did Iraq and sow turmoil in other countries such as Libya and Syria is their having their own arsenal of nuclear power.

To avert a colossal destructive situation, China stepped in, asserting that the escalating bellicose rhetoric between Trump and Jong-Un should be settled diplomatically.

In the events that followed, Jong-Un initiated an invitation to South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for the possible reunification of the Korean peninsula. He also travelled to China and met with President Xi Jinping. Furthermore, he invited Trump for a dialogue in Singapore which Trump initially accepted then rejected then, again, accepted.

Intertwined in these events Jong-on also declared that “As long as relevant parties abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), there is no need for the DPRK to be a nuclear state and denuclearization can be realized.”

The question is: Why is North Korea abruptly placing its counter saber rhetoric in its scabbard?

The Korean War of 1950, the China defense strategy, and the nine-dash line come to mind.

In South Korea, the Korean War is called 625 or 6-2-5 in their language, recalling that the conflict started in June 25. In North Korea, it is referred to as the Fatherland Liberation War. In China it is officially called the War to Resist America and Aid Korea. In the US, President Harry S. Truman referred to it as a “police action,” goading the United Nations (UN) to send allied forces where 90 percent of the forces that fought were US troops.

How China calls it, War to Resist America and Aid Korea, is significant in that when the North Koreans were already being defeated and besieged, thousands of China’s People Liberation Army fighters crossed into the peninsula’s borders and engaged and swarmed the UN troops. The failure of the US to defeat the North Koreans and Chinese forces resulted in the division of Korea into the 38th Parallel demarcation line.

Why did China join the fray? China did not want America to be by their border. Then, China considered America to be a threat to their way of life.

It is true then. It is true now. #


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