I wonder, could China and the US make a bargain that goes like “we are withdrawing our support for North Korea, let it crumble to pave the way for reunification, if you don’t interfere when we take back Taiwan”
Would that be something both sides would consider?
Not saying that I think that this would be a good option, just thinking of possibilities.
For Taiwan, this would definitely suck in the short term. If China takes action against Taiwan, without US backing, I don’t think the resistance of the military and the people will keep up long. There would be a period of pain and adjustment to the new system, lack of freedom of speech etc., but at least Taiwan would not be destroyed during a prolonged war.
The people of North Korea would suffer immensely, though. Cornered, the regime would probably launch attacks against South Korea, Japan and China, but eventually they would be overthrown. The rebuilding and integrating the two Koreas could take decades, but at least there would be peace in East Asia in the long run.
If China and the US cannot come up with a solution to the N. Korea problem and the US under the “leadership” of Trump start military actions, I think we are all doomed, at least here in the region.