There is a third option to be considered . If N Korea jumps the gun , and fires on US military forces , China could condemn the action . By doing so , help us get rid of lil Kim , that would do two things for them . Number one , by providing assistance , they would get rid of Kim who is uncontrollable at this point . Giving them legitimate say in who is installed in his place ( and on their boarder ) . Lastly , by publicly condemning hostile action , they save face and look good on the world political stage . Win / win for them , even if they invade shortly after , using an attack on us as an excuse . If they did it that way , they could pull a ” Stalin ” , and install the puppet of their choice before they pull back to their own boarder . The Chinese dont like the little dwarf , he has been steadily getting to be a bigger , and bigger pain in their ass than they admit .