Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters said that dealing with North Korea's expanding nuclear missile program will probably require "messy, bloody" military action by the United States.
Peters called the idea a "grand delusion" that China would choose the good will of the U.S. over what it sees as a very valuable alliance with North Korea.
"We will never see Beijing remove that regime or even bully it to the point where it threatens to destabilize the regime. Period," the retired officer said.
North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) missile deep into Japanese waters Tuesday, sparking international alarm.
Peters said the U.S. must look at what the Chinese government actually does rather than what it says or commits to doing. China has never come down hard on North Korea, he added.
Peters emphasized that the United States cannot allow North Korea to own an ICBM with a nuclear warhead.
President Trump tweeted this morning that he no longer expects China to help keep North Korea in check.
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
Peters expressed that he hopes Trump is "finally the president who woke up" and realized China will not be so obliging.
Watch the interview above.