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Project Syndicate: Here’s a win-win solution for the U.S. and China on North Korea

LONDON (Project Syndicate) — Most analysts agree that the least bad way to deal with North Korea’s nuclear saber rattling is a continued combination of tight containment and aggressive diplomacy.

Fewer, however, have recognized that the least bad military option — the one implied by U.S. President Donald Trump’s insistence that China take responsibility for its dangerous neighbor — is a Chinese invasion, or regime change forced through China’s threat to launch one.

This outcome, which would sharply shift East Asia’s strategic balance in China’s favor, is not as unlikely as most people think. In fact, its very plausibility is one reason why it needs to be taken seriously, including by Chinese military planners.

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