by Abayomi Azikiwe
Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of Pan-African News Wire.
He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
Trip takes place just one week
summit in Singapore.
Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK) and his wife Ri Sol Ju paid yet another
visit to the People's Republic of China President Xi
Jinping on June 19 (2018).
This is the third time in as many months that the head of the
Worker's Party of Korea (WPK) has held face-to-face talks with
his counterpart Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan of the
Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing.
The two Asian heads-of-state held discussions on the recent
developments involving the ongoing dialogue between the Republic of
Korea (south) and the DPRK over issues of normalizing relations and
These important questions
the summit meeting held with United
Donald Trump on June 12 in
Singapore have created tremendous interests throughout the
Just in a matter of months there have been momentous events which
are reshaping the character of inter-Asian relations as well as
exposing the fallacy of Washington's decades-long foreign policy
towards both the DPRK and the PRC.
Trump's statement in the
aftermath of the Singapore Summit that the Pentagon would suspend
the annual war games in South Korea during August, sent shock waves
throughout the military-industrial-complex
in the U.S.
In a statement issued by Noh Kyu-duk of the South Korean
Foreign Ministry, the official said:
"The governments of
South Korea and China share the same strategic goal of
completely denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Also, our
government hopes China will play a constructive role in
resolving this problem.
We hope Chairman Kim
Jong-un's visit will contribute to that."
Global China Television Network
19, article by Jessica Stone
Whether or not the
dominant imperialist state extends this suspension beyond 2018, it
illustrates the futility of Washington's posture toward the Korean
Both China and the DPRK
have been the principal focus of successive U.S. administrations as
it relates to their attempts to maintain imperialist interests in
the Asia-Pacific region.
A united approach from Beijing and Pyongyang will signal to
Washington that their maneuvers in the region will not divide the
major players as far as regional security and anti-imperialism is
Nevertheless, the overall
objectives of the U.S. and its allies remain the same:
to further contain
China and marginalize those interests which are steadfast in
maintaining the national and regional independence of the
DPRK leader and Chinese counterpart
with their wives in Beijing on June 19, 2018
Both leaders pledged in the June 19 meeting to strengthen and deepen
relations in the coming period to ensure the continuing forward
progress towards peace and development in the region.
Beijing has been acting
as a mediator between Pyongyang and Washington after the escalation
of tensions during 2017 brought the two states to the brink of a
full-blown military conflict.
There has never been a comprehensive peace agreement since the
armistice of June 1953 after three years of war which resulted in
the deaths of millions of Korean and tens of thousands of
imperialist troops led by the U.S. and Britain under the banner of
the United Nations.
Annual military exercises
held jointly by Seoul and Washington in April and August involve
17,000 ROK troops along with over 50,000 Pentagon soldiers.
In exchange the DPRK has agreed to suspend testing and upgrades in
its nuclear weapons program. The socialist state has developed
long-range Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM)
weaponized with nuclear technology.
These military options created by the DPRK are for exclusively
defensive purposes in light of the persistent decades-long
threats from Washington and Tokyo.
Japan had occupied the
Korean Peninsula after a 1905 treaty which led to an occupation
extending from 1910-1945. After the defeat of Japan in World War II,
an alliance of patriotic forces led by the communist party founded
the DPRK in 1948.
The three year war and
ongoing occupation of the south has hampered the unification of the
of the Singapore Summit
The June 12 meeting which brought together Trump and Kim
came on the heels of a contentious Group of 7 (G7) meeting in
Relations among the
imperialist states have been strained due to the trade war initiated
by the Trump administration which has imposed tariffs on Canada
along with European Union (EU) nations.
These events have prompted a high degree of volatility in the U.S.
and world financial markets where a precipitous decline occurred on
June 19. Most economic analysts attribute the drop in values to the
trade policies of Washington.
China is also a major target of Trump's efforts to mislead the
public in the U.S. suggesting that the imposition of tariffs will
result in job creation and salary increases for working
families who are still suffering from the fallout of the
Great Recession of 2007-2011.
A large portion of
employment growth in the U.S. is through low-wage labor in the
service sectors. Income has remained stagnate while real wages have
been on the decline for several decades.
There were four points of
agreement which emerged from the Singapore Summit.
A joint statement issued
by the two leaders said:
The United States
and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in
accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two
countries for peace and prosperity
The United States
and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and
stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula
April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to
work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean
The United States
and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including
the immediate repatriation of those already identified
The suspension of war
games and nuclear testing was not written down as a point of
agreement although Trump's post-summit press conference affirmed
Trump asserted that the
joint Pentagon-ROK exercises are far too expensive and should be
Crises in Beijing-Washington Relations
Nonetheless, these discussions cannot conceal the continuing
provocations by Washington against the PRC.
In addition to the trade
war which is destabilizing markets around the world, the Pentagon is
still seeking to militarily intimidate Beijing in the Asia-Pacific
China has responded to repeated military incursions by the Pentagon
surrounding the South Seas which Washington contends are not the
sovereign territory of Beijing. The U.S. is accusing China of
militarizing the South China Sea which has prompted the Defense
Department to withdraw an invitation for China to join an
international naval exercise the U.S. is sponsoring over the next
The Pentagon claims that China has deployed anti-ship missiles,
surface-to-air missile systems and electronic jammers to areas in
the Spratly Islands.
demanded that China withdraw these defense systems.
An article published during late May by the India Times
"China says it
dispatched warships to identify and warn off a pair of U.S. Navy
vessels sailing near one of its island claims in the South China
A statement on the
Chinese Defense Ministry's website said the Arleigh Burke class
guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins and Ticonderoga class
guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam entered waters China claims
in the Paracel island group,
permission of the Chinese government.'
It said the Chinese
dispatched warships to identify and inspect the American
ships according to law, and warned them to depart'.'
These military efforts by
the U.S. have continued through successive administrations.
China's growing economy
and military capability are viewed as a major threat to the
imperialist hegemony of Washington and Wall Street. Tensions could
rise to the level of a direct military conflict whose outcome would
be long term in its political and economic impact.
The burgeoning trade war
and military posturing will undoubtedly result in global uncertainty
and instability throughout various continents.