China's Trojan Horse Trick: Use North Korea to Attack America's Reputation

Environmental activists of BUND protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with an eight metre high inflatable Trojan Horse, in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Chinese diplomacy may be less about the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula than it is about damaging the U.S. position in East Asia.

While this might, at first, be seen as rank appeasement, it would give America a chance to peel North Korea away from China’s embrace and would switch the diplomatic momentum away from China and back towards the United States and its regional friends.

President Trump and his newly minted national-security tandem of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor, John Bolton, should tread carefully with North Korea. There is far more at play than North Korea’s nuclear ambitions at stake. Allowing Xi Jinping to act as a modern day Odysseus is not in American national interests, nor the interests of the other Asian regional powers.

However, clever American diplomacy, in the mold of President Nixon and his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, could allow America to assume the mantle of that wily strategist from ancient Ithaca.

Greg R. Lawson is a contributing analyst at Wikistrat.

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