The Chinese authorities, contrary to the predictions of many, are saying precisely what I told you they would say in reaction to the Kim regime’s threats against the United States. The Washington Post reports:
BEIJING — 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 on Friday, but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.
The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in this case its editorial probably does reflect government policy and can be considered “semiofficial,” experts said.
China has repeatedly warned both Washington and Pyongyang not to do anything that raises tensions or causes instability on the Korean Peninsula, and strongly reiterated that suggestion Friday.
or, in other words, the Chinese would defend the North Koreans if the U. S. attacked North Korea but the North Koreans are on their own if they attack the United States.
The question is whether the Chinese authorities are sincere or whether they would inevitably be drawn into a conflict between the North Koreans and the U. S. in any event. I think they’re sincere.