March 30, 2018

China, North Korea and Trump: In-depth conversation with Gordon Chang

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


Donald Trump’s public diplomacy towards North Korea has been unconventional to say the least:

Threatening, on Twitter, to push “a button” on "little rocket man" Kim Jong Un.

All of the fancy people — including not a few Republicans — said these comments were reckless and could lead to a war!

But the consensus about North Korea — both Republican and Democrat, going back twenty years — was to appease, compromise, wait, submit. It's been an absolute failure.

And wouldn't you know it? Kim agreed to meet with Trump directly.

This week, in a surprise visit, Kim was summoned to China, for a talking-to — and China’s president told Trump it “went well”.

So much for Trump’s “risky” diplomacy, eh?

This week, we at The Rebel had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Gordon Chang, one of North America’s leading experts in China and North Korea.

Gordon believes in freedom, and treating those two dictatorships as rivals, and competitors, not with the doe-eyed naivete of the Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trudeau doctrine.

Gordon is the author of important books like The Coming Collapse of China, and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World.

This week — when Kim was in China, but before it was reported that Kim would consider denuclearizing — Gordon Chang and I sat down for an in-depth conversation you won't want to miss, and which you won't see anywhere else.


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commented 2018-04-01 09:59:36 -0400
- Dealing with North Korea in “conventional” ways has led to them getting the bomb in the first place. Without China propping it up, North Korea would be finished within a month. China’s economic “miracle” occurred because they absorbed Hong Kong & then set up economic “free market” zones. They artificially jacked up their GDP with a massive infrastructure that resulted in the building of 50 ghost cities (fully functioning cities where few to no people live). They lifted hundreds of millions of people out of severe poverty by redefining severe poverty, not by solving it or lifting people out of it.

Great interview.
commented 2018-03-31 07:11:57 -0400
David Krayden of the Daily Caller reports that Jr. held a $1,500.00 a plate fundraiser. Apparently, the Boy Blunder bragged about how his “friends” from the media were in attendance. I guess Ezra didn’t get an invite.
commented 2018-03-31 07:11:57 -0400
David Krayden of the Daily Caller reports that Jr. held a $1,500.00 a plate fundraiser. Apparently, the Boy Blunder bragged about how his “friends” from the media were in attendance. I guess Ezra didn’t get an invite.
commented 2018-03-30 22:21:37 -0400
Happy Passover with your family and friends Ezra.
commented 2018-03-30 22:03:20 -0400
This was an awesome interview! Such good info on all the nuance of Trump, North Korea and China and the different approaches of past presidents and Trump.
As Gordon Chang points out, its not like North Korea just became a threat. Also the obvious leverage points so ignored by past U.S. presidents now utilised by Trump is a great thing to behold.

I think we are on the right path too. Having China’s respect can never be a bad thing. There is only one thing they respect and Justin has no clue what it is. Good thing it doesn’t matter on the world stage. However Justin’s ignorance will still enable China’s bullying ability for us domestically. Like China doesn’t know we are a push over.
Looking forward to more. We need to understand China and their moves into the future.

Gordan Chang, I’m a fan.
Regarding Trudeau understanding China today or anything else. The good news is he will be gone shortly.

BRUCE ATCHISON, exactly! There is no way beta male Justin can understand that.
commented 2018-03-30 20:50:34 -0400
In spite of Trudeau’s hair, socks, selfies, poses for professional photographers, Bollywood dance moves, feminism, tears, pandering to “Syrian refugees” and whatever else, political experts can see right through him.
commented 2018-03-30 20:49:26 -0400
I would say that China is turning itself around, and not heading for a collapse. China are well aware of the humiliation from the last century, and sure do not want that to happen again. If China were heading for a collapse, then Trump would not be fixated on China.
commented 2018-03-30 20:43:16 -0400
To understand dictatorships, you must understand schoolyard bullies. They only respect superior strength. Bullies despise weakness. As long as the kids he picks on try to please him, he’ll keep abusing them. But if the kids disobey adult advice to be nice and attack the bully, he’ll back down and respect them. So it is with America and China. Donald Trump isn’t into being nice. He’s doing what a leader should do and defend his people.
commented 2018-03-30 20:22:04 -0400
I thought he said China is gonna collapse, looks like the petrodollar will collapse instead.