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Japan, U.S. to urge China to play bigger role in halting N Korea's nuclear arms program

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If China agrees to any of this, the question that has to be asked is? What will they want in return?

Its unlikely that China will act on North Korea out of the goodness of its own heart, so it will want massive reparations in return for its assistance. I suspect something along the lines of free reign in the South China Sea and all maritime claims by the US and other parties dropped? perhaps?

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joyridingonthetitanic: If China agrees to any of this, the question that has to be asked is? What will they want in return?

I was thinking this also

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I suspect something along the lines of free reign in the South China Sea and all maritime claims by the US and other parties dropped? perhaps?

Add East China Sea as well. Obviously, that's not going to happen, especially when Trump was showing off with his cruise missiles. China will probably let North Korea achieve ICBM tech capable of reaching anywhere. They already know NK has the capability to strike China if they're crazy enough, so it makes no difference for China if NK had long-ranged ICMBs.

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joyridingonthetitanicApr. 11, 2017 - 08:18AM JST If China agrees to any of this, the question that has to be asked is? What will they want in return?

It has already been reported that Trump has made it clear to Xi that our trade issues will be resolved easier if China helps us on North Korea.

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I would not be surprised if Trump sells out Japan and South Korea in order to appease China. After all, he has business interests in China. The Chinese know how this man thinks and behaves, and they can and will manipulate him.

I know many people are distrustful of Abe and do not want to see increased militarism in Japan - and I agree with them. But given the way the US is going, Japan needs to look out for itself. South Korea, too.

To continue to kowtow to the US could prove to be very costly to Japan. North Korea is unpredictable. Yes, they want nuclear weapons as a deterrent and to keep Kim Jong-un in power. But with nuclear weapons even a slight mistake could end disastrously. It will be pointless to say "I told you so" when nuclear or chemical missiles start hitting Japan.

The Chinese are playing a very dangerous game, as they could also end up in the cross-hairs of North Korea. But I think, as others here have said, that the calculation is they stand to gain much by enabling North Korea and then make deals with the US and others to "curb" their assistance to NK.

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N Korea will not stop unless US can show its nuclear technology supersedes than N K. After all, it won Korean War against US SK joint forces.

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