The threat of conflict is no property negotiation, but the president is conducting it with all his abilities as a marketer, craving the eventual shake of the hand
So Kim Jong-un is just a 27 -year-old millennial for whom it must have been very hard to lead his country at such an age. His ally, Chinas president Xi Jinping, is a very good man who I got to know really well and desires his country. He is trying hard to resolve the very difficult Korean crisis. Of track Xi doesnt wishing to turmoil and fatality and is intended to do something to resolve things. But perhaps its possible he cant. So muses Donald Trump at the end of opening attempts of his Northern korean crisis.
The character of Americas much-vaunted New York property dealer style of diplomacy is starting to emerge. Initially Trump on North Korea had the alarming trademark of a being hopeles to distract attention from a first 100 dates of one car gate-crash after the other. Trump has had to back off from his intention to kill the Mexico-Canada trade agreement. His first dictations on in-migration, refugees, health care, Mexican walls and now perhaps tax slasheds have blown up in his face.
In such circumstances, successive American presidents have searched out a small, good, usually Muslim country to call a monstrous menace and then shattering with outrage and awe. Kim poses no conceivable existential menace to America, or even its Asian allies , good-for-nothing remotely comparable to what America could instant unleash on North Korea.
But a crisis is a crisis. Henry Kissinger once said he opted negotiating with people who were marketers. He would not have touched Thatcher versus Galtieri over the Falklands as they were natural intransigents. The trader proposals high and watches his opponents action, the psychology behind each move. He knows when to be stubborn and when to give ground and accommodation, even to walk away. But he craves the eventual shake of the hand.