U.S. TECHNOLOGY AT RISK

Can you believe that China is changing its tune on relations with South Korea? It is probably a diplomatic maneuver to suddenly detract attention from the U.S. presence of military weapons in South Korea.

On the eve of President Trump’s 12- day tour of the Asia-Pacific region in November, the president of China let it be known that he will relax some trade restrictions with South Korea and not oppose the anti-missile system installed south of Seoul. What can we read into this about face?

For openers, let’s consider how important high-level meetings were between Donald Trump and Xi Jimbing. The Chinese president re-elected by a sweeping majority that assures his international influence. To date China has been lukewarm on squashing North Korea’s nuclear capability. Xi also opposed South Korea arming its self with U.S. military weaponry so close to China’s border.

Perhaps pressure from the international community finally stuck for China to help subdue North Korea’s threatening nuclear ambitions. It’s a tricky diplomatic scheme for South Korea, Japan and the U.S to keep a military presence too close to China as a shield against North Korea’s nuclear intentions.

The current situation in dealing with China involves protection of national security. The executive order issued by President Trump in connection with the proposed merger of Qualcomm and Broad com was based on a foreign country having access to U. S. Websites. This issue is in dispute because Broadcom is moving its corporate headquarters from Singapore to California.

Further controversy was created when a committee of the Treasury Department that blocked the proposed merger with a procedure that it is seldom used. This federal action prompted the president to officially prohibit the merger of the two firms.

Why is there so much focus on a local issue that normally would have proceeded if approved by stockholders, then be subject to federal agency review for anti- trust legislation? By coincidence the Qualcomm merger came at a time when China was being aggressive in controlling international trade.

Discussions on the progress of North Korea’s nuclear program are being promoted by South Korea’s President Moon. China will probably not agree with South Korea proposals as long as there is a U. S. presence on the Korean Peninsula. There seems to be little hope to contain North Korea’s ambitions without a regime change. Any military interference would be extremely damaging to South Korea and Japan if Kim released his military force from the DZM only 45 miles from Seoul.

The proposed meeting of Kim with Trump will force China to support a better approach to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. However, Kim and his envoys usually cancel any meetings to ease the tension on the Korean Peninsula.

The pacifist in the coalition is South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and for good reason. Ten million people live in the Seoul area, just 40 miles from the heavily-armed Communist border. A launch of the weapons would be devastating. Moon is ever hopeful that negotiations with Kim Un Il is the solution for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In order to lift the Chinese boycott of Korean products, Moon agreed not to accept any more THAD installations from the U.S. The unexpected move scrambled the Trump team’s plans to negotiate with China over the South Korean boycotts, according to The Economist.

The current attitude towards relations with China revolve around US security of its brands and access by hacking. A secondary concern is the presence of American military on the Korean Peninsula. China prefers to keep a buffer from its borders with North Korea and would be opposed to a regime change.

At the present time, leadership summit conferences might be possible before resorting to any military interference in Kim’s nuclear expansion. China certainly will be a key player in any discussions with both South and North Korea.

 

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