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This post was edited by abcfirst at 2017-10-30 07:12|
One sure way that Trump can make China put even more pressure on Kim to accept denuclearization is for him to officially in paper and in speech, declare that the USA is prepared to negotiate a peace treaty with North Korea, guaranteeing permanent and comprehensive peace with normalization of ties with North Korea, in exchange for a permanent and comprehensive denuclearization of North Korea with its acceptance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Of course, the retort of Kim would be, and who is going to guarantee the compliance of America to its promise of a permanent and comprehensive peace, given the history of what happened to Qaddafi after he removed all WMDs from his country? And this is where the stature of Trump needs beefing up prior to his trip to China. If he is unable to guarantee that he will remain in office for the next 3 years, to see to it that his peace treaty is ratified and implemented, then Trump does not have standing to negotiate it. Likewise, if China cannot act as a guarantor to enforce the treaty, then it is moot even trying to negotiate one, for Korea.
It takes a strong Trump to hold up the domestic pillar of such a deal, and a strong China to hold up the international pillar of the same deal. There is little doubt that Russia will follow China's lead in committing their forces to the implementation of the deal, since it impacts the Korean Peninsula that is contiguous to their territories.
While this peace based on strength of the three strongest leaders on earth can be achieved, it becomes a liability to all parties if it should ever be breached by any side. The reason is quite obvious. If peace is no longer possible, then war de facto exists without any need for further declaration.
China has shored up its leadership recently. Russia has done so equally. But Trump, for all his popularity with the voters, has done nothing to consolidate his rights and powers, for fear of tripping up himself or his associates over the gossamers of false accusations and special investigations, for fear of splitting his own party, for fear of becoming unpopular with his war hawks who prefer war to peace, at any cost, he has been made into another Nixon without having done anything wrong, ridiculed by a press that pumps out fake news by the hour against him, and threatened by his own justice department, if not by a congress whose majority party is his own party. The question in the mind of world leaders looking up to America for leadership in this difficult situation is, "Is Trump able to fulfill his end of any deal?" The answer, sadly, is at best a "maybe". And that is very sad, for a sole superpower to hear about its own President.
Maybe, Kim is unwittingly doing Trump a favor, by asking him to stand up for his personal rights, before going abroad to stand up for the rights of his own people. Trump must make a decision to do what is RIGHT, come hell or high water, or everything he tries to do will end up wrong. Being a President has a cost, and a tremendous risk, for like war, peace is not a picnic.