The implications of the changing balance in US–China relations have been explored extensively, but they may have now moved from a theoretical to a very real tipping point. The specific and imminent threat that might upset the balance comes from the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula. While the Trump administration is all too aware of the crisis posed by the North Korean government of Kim Jong-un, it appears to be unaware of the concomitant threat that is being posed to the Beijing-Washington relationship. 

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