US President Accuses China of Illegal Oil Transfer to North Korea
"Trump's denunciation of Beijing again demonstrates that the targeting of North Korea over its nuclear arsenal is aimed more broadly against China. The latest US National Security Strategy identifies China along with Russia as a major threat to American global dominance. The US military build-up in Asia against North Korea is also in preparation for war against China. The latest Trump tweet smacks of a contrived provocation aimed at further ramping up tensions...."
* re discussion of S-400 anti-aircraft system recently deployed by Russia, upthread: further details*
"The S-400 anti-aircraft system is designed to shoot down aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 400 km and ballistic missiles up to 60 km away. The system can use at least four interceptor missile types suited for different targets, while an S-400 detachment can engage up to 36 targets simultaneously. Such characteristics put the S-400 ahead of the US Patriot system, which supports only one interceptor missile with a range of 96km, National Interest reported, describing the S-400 as a 'game changer' in the Middle East..." https://on.rt.com/8vur