The much anticipated on again off again summit meeting between Mr. Kim of North Korea and President Trump looks to be a sure thing again.
Trump took BOTH China and North Korea by surprise when he cancelled the meeting with Kim a couple weeks ago. They were both caught like deer in headlights and then all of a sudden one of North Korea's highest military officials was on a plane flying to Washington, D.C. to try and get the summit back on track. Trump's ability to read what is going on in the process of deal making along with the instincts he has gleaned along the way with making big deals for most of his life is really paying off. He may appear to be "unpredictable" but there is a strategy involved and it payed of big time here. All of a sudden the newly found boldness by a North Korea emboldened by China appeared to disappear and both countries reached out and begged the administration to come back to the table. One of the main points in the Art of the Deal that Trump points out is never be afraid to walk away from a deal no matter how big. If the situation isn't right or if the agreement is not fair or just don't allow the other side to dictate to you the final outcome, especially if you are the one holding all the cards.
But, there is more than meets the eye regarding this June 12th summit.
Two things stick out regarding this date:
1) June 12th, 1987 is the day in history when then President Ronald Reagan flew to Berlin, Germany and stood at Brandenburg Gate overlooking the Berlin Wall put in place by the Soviets. He gave a speech in which the eyes of the world were on him and publicly demanded that Mr. Gorbachev and the Soviet Union, "tear down this wall"! By 1989 it happened and the subsequent fall of the Soviet Union was under way.
2) On the same day that Trump will be in Asia at the summit in Singapore with the leader of another communist nation, North Korea:
- A senior U.S. official is expected to attend the June 12 launch of the American Institute in Taiwan's new office, a move that infuriates China.
- The non-profit organization is the "de-facto" U.S. embassy in the city of Taipei and its new facility represents a strengthened U.S.-Taiwan relationship.
We don't believe this is coincidence at all and that both dates played a role in the choosing of June 12th for this summit.
We've been saying for a long time that the 70 year glass ceiling for both communist parties of North Korea and China arrives in late 2019. No communist party has ever ruled over a nation for more than 70 years.
Will Trump use the June 12th summit to address the issue of communism and the tearing down of Kim's nuclear arsenal/program as well as the issue of China and Taiwan?
We expect Trump to take full advantage of this date in history in order to advance what both the WH and the Pentagon are framing as a looming showdown between America and non-democratic, authoritarian state actors such as Russia, China and North Korea.
The Pentagon's strategic focus and new National Defense Strategy has shifted away from terrorism and the Middle East to great power rivalries, particularly those of non-democratic, authoritarian state actors like Russia and China. North Korea would be included.
Will a speech be made during the summit to call on China to stand down when it comes to North Korea? Will reference be made to the democratic nation of Taiwan? Will Trump publicly call out China's militarization of the South China Sea while in that neck of the woods?
"Mr. Xi, tear down these artificial islands!" or "Mr. Xi, keep your promise of not militarizing the South China Sea" or "Mr. Xi, tear down this wall!" (referring to the Great Fire Wall of China which censors and restricts the internet more than any other nation on earth).
Whatever happens, the summit will play a huge roll in determining and shaping future relations with not only North Korea but China as well.