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Trump Pledges Tougher Action on China in NYT Interview

The president denounced Beijing's soft stance on North Korea and expressed frustration with their refusal to reign in their communist partner.

By NTK Staff | 12.29.2017 @11:11am
Trump Pledges Tougher Action on China in NYT Interview

In an interview with The New York TimesMichael Schmidt and Michael Shear, President Trump promised to make good on previous threats that he would pursue crippling measures against China if they continued to trade with North Korea.

The president tweeted Thursday morning that the Chinese had been “Caught RED HANDED” dealing with the rogue nation:

This sentiment of frustration continued into the afternoon when he blasted Chinese leadership for their refusal to fully deal with the developing nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Trump accused China, North Korea’s patron in the area, of violating agreements he had previously made with Beijing:

Hours after he accused the Chinese of secretly shipping oil to North Korea, Mr. Trump explicitly said for the first time that he has “been soft” on China on trade in the hopes that its leaders will pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

He hinted that his patience may soon end, however, signaling his frustration with the reported oil shipments.

“Oil is going into North Korea. That wasn’t my deal!” he exclaimed, raising the possibility of aggressive trade actions against China. “If they don’t help us with North Korea, then I do what I’ve always said I want to do.”

While the president adopted a bellicose attitude toward China during the 2016 election campaign, he backed off the communist country when he assumed office. Trump hoped to bring China on board to a diplomatic solution for the North Korean crisis following Pyongyang’s accelerating development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. But now, the era of U.S.-Chinese cooperation could soon be over.

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