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Max Baucus on Trump Threats: China Sees 'Weakness'

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Former Ambassador to China Max Baucus (AP Photo/Chen Boyuan)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 10:40 PM

Former Ambassador to China Max Baucus said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's threat to North Korea was seen as "weakness" in Beijing because "the Chinese are very respective of strength."

"When President Trump vacillates and issues contradictory statements, that's not strong," Baucus, 75, the former Montana Democratic senator who served under former President Barack Obama, told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "The Chinese see that as weakness."

However, if war breaks out between the U.S. and Pyongyang, China "would not stand idly by.

"They would not just sit this and watch what may or may not unfold.

"China has been thinking about this for a long time," Baucus said. "They're a very proud country.

"They want to maintain as much control as possible.

"I'm just suggesting we have to spend more time analyzing China's actions should the U.S. attempt a pre-emptive strike," he said.

Cooper also interviewed former South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who observed "this issue is much bigger for North Korea.

"We're now living in a world where we have to understand, North Korea is going to have nuclear weapons.

"We've seen rogue states, probably terrorist groups over the next decade," he said. "We have to determine what we're going to do about it.

"A missile defense is going to be key."

DeMint, 65, now senior adviser to the Citizens for Self-Governance advocacy group, added "we have the technology, if we develop it, to create a basic umbrella that we could use around the world for ourselves and our allies to render nuclear weapons useless.

"We can no longer pretend that North Korea is not going to have a nuclear weapon that can reach us," he said. "We can argue whether it's this month or next month — but we know that they, as well as Iran and a number of other nations, will be there.

"We need to get busy and get prepared."

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Former Ambassador to China Max Baucus said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's threat to North Korea was seen as "weakness" in Beijing because "the Chinese are very respective of strength."
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