This is not the first time China has warned the US not to escalate: on August 11, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.
"If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so," it said.
Since then, the potential risks, mutual threats and near-hostilities have grown exponentially. China - which is by far North Korea’s biggest trading partner, accounting for 92% of two-way trade last year, and also provides hundreds of thousands of tonnes of oil and fuel to the impoverished regime - has only dug in deeper, explaining repeatedly that it wants a peaceful de-escalation and that it would not side with the US in case of a military conflict.
The ImageSat Company of Israel, which operates the Eros-B satellite, publishes satellite images of North Korea from recent months, exposing North Korea's ongoing preparations for conventional war
Air Force bases that feature fighter jet hangars hidden inside mountains; secret tunnels; underground hangars; anti-aircraft batteries; workshops for the production of aircraft spare parts; and more. The ImageSat Company of Israel, which operates the Eros-B satellite, publishes satellite images of North Korea from recent months, exposing North Korea's ongoing preparations for conventional war.
The images include a visual coverage of airports where dozens of fighter jets are parked. They also show preparations made by North Korea's air-defense forces, as well as changes at the Yongbyon nuclear site.
There is no doubt that alongside the missile tests, the nuclear tests and the unveiling of the nuclear and hydrogen warheads, the North Korean leadership is also preparing for war. If one should break out, it is possible that we shall witness a joint American, South Korean and Japanese invasion of Pyongyang.
The SAA is achieving this victory without the help of the United States, and the notes that Russia is providing Syrian troops with airpower. As reported on August 22, 2017, the SAA was closing in on this region to try to beat the U.S. military to the punch; the U.S. would have rather given this territory to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Russia’s military presence and bombardment of the area complicates this issue greatly for the U.S.
The mainstream media has been fairly silent on these recent developments even though they could signal the demise of ISIS as a territorial entity and pave the way for thousands more Syrian refugees to return to their homes. Thankfully, regional commentators have helped keep the story up-to-date and confirmed what many of us have been predicting for some time now.
There is still much work to be done in terms of liberating the area from ISIS, but as the noted, Syrian analyst Aron Lund says the SAA’s recent success on its own would be “.”
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