President Trump’s efforts to pressure Communist China into helping shut down North Korea’s nuclear weapons program just got turned up to 11, and it’s great news for freedom advocates.

On June 20, Trump sent liberals into a panic when he tweeted, “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”

The response was predictable, at least among American liberals.

“President Trump’s Tuesday tweet on North Korea typifies his cluelessness about international politics, in ways both subtler and more alarming than usual,” sneered Slate’s Fred Kaplan, who probably couldn’t see the screen as he typed with his nose in the air.

But unlike Kaplan’s words, Trump’s words may accomplish something.

China, which sought to use its leverage with North Korean to pry concessions from the US, has been knocked back on its heels.

“(T)he administration had formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert in a June 27 press briefing, a week after the tweet. “It’s now valued about 1.42 billion.”

“It shows, we believe, our support for Taiwan’s ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability,” Nauert added.

Taiwan, an island off the coast of Communist China and a U.S. ally, was established by anti-Communists from mainland China.

Communist China does not recognize Taiwan, which it considers a rebellious province.  Communist China has claimed the right to “reclaim” Taiwan by military force.

The U.S. has been selling weapons to Taiwan for decades, but the timing of this $1.42 billion deal has thrown Communist China into a tizzy, as it has changed the field of negotiations over North Korea.

Communist China and North Korea are allies, but hardly friends.

Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programs and likelihood of utter collapse are a constant threat to Beijing’s own security, but the existence of the isolated socialist dictatorship provides both a geographic and political buffer against the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.

Communist China is pushing ahead aggressively on two fronts, a recent Washington Times editorial notes.

First, Beijing has been using a state-run, and state-financed, investment bank to literally buy up companies worldwide, giving them an unfair advantage against U.S. companies who can’t force people at gunpoint to cover losses.

Second, Communist China has been illegally building scores of artificial islands outward from its coast, across the South China Sea.

This allows them to not only illicitly expand their territorial claims into formerly international waters, it gives them military bases from which they can harass and obstruct shipping, and potentially launch invasions of neighboring islands.

Beijing had hoped to use Washington’s need for its cooperation to win concessions on these two issues.

But Trump’s weapons sale has shifted the field of negotiation, giving China an issue on which they must seek concession.

Trump’s next move may also involve Taiwan.

Adopted under Jimmy Carter, the U.S.’s “One China policy” terminated decades of formal diplomatic recognition of Taiwan as an independent nation, and declared the U.S. would recognize the Communist-run Beijing regime as the only recognized Chinese government.

After accepting a post-election congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s leader, Trump floated the idea of suspending “One China.”

After a second phone call, this time in February with Communist China’s leader, the White House announced Trump would continue “One China.”

Perhaps now, with results lacking in North Korea, it is time to revisit that decision.