I saw this news story the other day (yesterday I think), but didn't think too much about it. A military "hotline" between the US and China seemed like a very reasonable thing to me.
Washington and Beijing to establish military hotline on N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Washington and Beijing have agreed to install a military hotline for emergency talks on North Korea, according to the Asahi Shimbun on Monday.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last month exchanged their views on how to deal with the North Korea nuclear crisis, the Japanese daily reported, citing Washington officials.
During their bilateral summit in Beijing, Trump and Xi reportedly agreed that North Korea will never be accepted as a nuclear state and that international pressure must continue until the regime gives up its nuclear ambition.
As a means of cooperation, the two heads of state decided to establish a direct line of communication between the United States Forces Korea based in Seoul and China's army base in Shenyang, an eastern city that borders North Korea.
They also agreed to hold regular high-level meetings between military and intelligence officials to share information on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program as well as the impact of sanctions on the North Korean economy.
China pledged to update Washington on its progress of enforcing sanctions on the regime through various financial authorities every few months.
According to the paper, the two sides also planned to discuss contingency measures such as dealing with the North's nuclear weapons and the possible outbreak of a refugee crisis upon conflict with the North or the collapse of the Kim Jong Un regime.
While Washington agreed to take more prudent steps in terms of military drills against the North, and "showed understanding" toward a "dialogue-based solution," the paper reported that the U.S.-China partnership may waver if Beijing doesn't provide sufficient information on its sanctions on the North.
Anyway, now comes Chinese news claiming that this is "fake news" fabricated by the Japanese with malicious intent:
One of Japan's so-called leading newspapers ran a story on Monday. It claims that multiple US government sources revealed China and the US are planning to establish a military hotline between the Northern Theater Command in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, and US forces in Seoul, South Korea to handle the Korean Peninsula.
A Global Times investigation showed the Japanese news report to be nothing more than a product of pure imagination.
It is not unreasonable to think that Japan is capable of publishing and fomenting fake news with malicious intent.
As everybody knows, China has always remained opposed to conflict of any kind on the Korean Peninsula. To fabricate a story about a "military hotline" between China and US military forces at such a sensitive time only complicates the situation even more. This fake story sends the wrong signal to the world as it implies China believes war on the Peninsula is inevitable and by cooperating with the US it is, therefore, preparing to engage in military conflict.
One of the real purposes of the fake news story is to distance bilateral relations between China and North Korea.
China voted in favor of the recent sanctions against North Korea because of repeated violations of UN Security Council measures regarding their missile and nuclear programs. China will never agree to actions that could have negative consequences such as endangering the lives of North Korean citizens, or a regime overthrow, or any military manipulation for purposes of changing the country's political landscape. And now we have Japanese media trying to create an illusion that China will somehow become America's ally on North Korea. The ultimate goal of such an action is to get Pyongyang and Beijing to turn on one another.
The fraudulent information spread by Japanese media was also an attempt to create an air of mistrust between China and South Korea, thwarting bilateral development.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in's recent visit to China eased mutual misunderstanding between the two nations. In fact, they have both confirmed their common interests over a peaceful solution on North Korea. But if China and the US established a military command hotline, South Korea would think that China has gone behind their back in working directly with the US, therefore creating a foundation of mistrust.
China is not the only country affected by this "military hotline" story as Japanese media has set a trap for Russia. Should the US decide to provoke war, China and Russia would be two key factors Washington would have to confront. And obviously, Russia would feel insulted by the establishment of a Sino-US "military hotline."
Of course, it is too early to tell how the recent round of sanctions will impact North Korea. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are only six weeks away, and South Korea has asked for US forces to postpone all joint-military drills.
The entire world is aware of the powder keg that has come to represent the Korean Peninsula situation. Seizing upon opportunities that help bring peace and calm to the region is at the very least humanitarian.
Creating the illusion of potential warfare was a despicable act by Japanese media on Christmas Day no less.
On Christmas Day no less!!!
(since when was Christmas Day particularly significant to Chinese Communists?
Anyway. Just goes to show how much anti-Japanese sentiment there still is.
Analysts have said that Japan would benefit the most if a war breaks out on the Korean peninsula.
That is nuts, quite frankly. Japan just doesn't want to be attacked. This is like some kind of pre-WW2 view where wars in other countries somehow benefit a third country.
Tokyo would stand to make a fortune, something they could use now in their time of economic woes. Plus, media provocations provide Japan with further reason to improve their wartime readiness.
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