Less than a week after President Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, the U.S. may be seeing signs of a shift in China’s policies that could rein in North Korea’s volatile despot, Kim Jong-un, even as he continues to amp up his nuclear program.

Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambition is aimed primarily at the United States, which he has recently threatened to attack with a nuclear strike on Seattle sometime within the next year.

In the meantime, however, tests at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, which is near China’s northeastern provinces of Liaoning and Jilin, have caused damage to buildings and sufficient concerns that schools have been evacuated for children’s safety.

As the power of the nuclear devices increases, the possibility of accidents also rises.

“If by any chance nuclear leakage or pollution incidents happen, the damage to northeast China environment will be catastrophic and irreversible,” a military expert was quoted as saying in the editorial.

China has been the largest and one of North Korea’s few allies, supplying 100 percent of its oil and buying much of its coal exports effectively maintaining the small county’s economy.

There has been speculation that the largest communist country in the world may be open to working with the new American president after the meeting between the two country’s leaders last week.

During the dessert course at a formal dinner “A beautiful piece of chocolate cake,” President Trump informed his counterpart, President Jinping, that he had launched a retributive strike on the airbase used in the sarin gas attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad unleashed on his own innocent civilians.

Although Trump had instructed the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis and National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMasters to develop options for a response to Assad’s horrific act when he saw photographs of dead and dying children and “little babies,” the timing of the cruise missile strikes could not but have made an impression on the Chinese president.

Now, just days later, China is warning its smaller, “client” country, the smaller North Korea, that there is a “bottom line” beyond which Kim Jong-un may not go.

“China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China. If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back…”

Possibly in a move to save face, the editorial made clear that the issuance of the “bottom line” is not related to any action President Trump may choose to take – such as launching cruise missiles from the Sea of Japan.

“… it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks [on] DPRK nuclear facilities on its own,” the editorial noted.

The military report also expressed concerns about the unstable situation in North Korea, where Kim Jong-un has warned his people to prepare for famine as he pursues his nuclear program.

Jinping has ordered 150,000 troops to the border to prevent a flood of North Korean refugees from entering China to escape starvation.

And as repressive as communist China is, it is a far cry from the horrific conditions North Koreans endure under Kim Jong-un.

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