Denounced by North Korea as a “rehearsal for war,” both China and Russia have recently signaled support for increased U.N. sanctions against North Korea, which reinforces to the world, if not to North Korea, that this U.S. administration is not like previous administrations. While not widely publicized in the U.S., the Chinese recently hosted a senior delegation of American defense officials and military officers. Widely broadcast photographs inside of China show President Xi closely collaborating with this U.S. delegation as a way to reassure his population that China and the U.S. are not at odds but are working together on the North Korean challenge.
It is hard to see how Kim Jong Un can self-arrest his breakout push for nuclear weapons or how the Trump administration can allow this hostile nuclear development to continue. Therefore, I believe war is inevitable. If that is true, these are some of the combined naval forces that will play a critical role.