Trump Warns China He Is Willing to Pressure North Korea on His Own
WASHINGTON – Trump’s president, frustrated by China’s reluctance to pressure North Korea, said the Chinese leader that the United Is ready to act only by exerting pressure on the Pyongyang nuclear government, according to senior administration officials.
Mr. Trump’s warning, pronounced in a cordial but brutal call Sunday night to Xi Jinping, came after a wave of US actions – the sale of arms to Taiwan, threatening trade sanctions and the Chinese brand Human trafficking – and little Chinese left doubts that the honeymoon between the two leaders had ended.
After returning from weekend in Bedminster, NJ, Monday night, M. Trump pointed out on Twitter that North Korea had launched another ballistic missile that landed in the sea between North Korea and Japan. He suggested that it was time for China to act.
“Perhaps China, who will make a great gesture of North Korea and put an end to this nonsense once and for all!” Said M. Trump.
US officials, who would not be appointed to discuss ongoing dialogue with the Chinese, said they hoped that the tough US measures would increase Mr.
Xi to reconsider their reluctance to push the North. But Mr. Trump said that he now has fewer illusions that China will radically shift its focus to its exclusive neighbor, which is explained more by fears of chaotic turmoil over concerns over its nuclear and missile program.
This leaves the president in a familiar bond in North Korea as he prepares to leave for a group of 20 in Germany this week where he will meet with Xi and the leaders of Japan and South Korea,
Trump also tried to navigate his northern approach.
Without the full weight of China, it is unlikely that the pressure measures forced the head of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, to change course. However, the diplomatic engagement – Mr.
Xi continues to grow, according to the authorities – this is not a step that M. Trump is willing to consider, following the death last month of an American student, Otto F. Warmbier, held in Pyongyang for 17 months, and then released In coma.
A simple approach Trump antagoniserait plus China, as it would be necessary to blacklist several Chinese banks and companies doing business with the North.
The United States began taking on a modest scale last week naming four Chinese entities and individuals.
The precarious state of relations between the United States and the United States. And China was considered by the way both parties have characterized the call.
The White House said only that M. Trump raised the “growing threat” of North Korea’s weapons programs with Xi. The Chinese, in a more detailed statement, said the relationship was “affected by some negative factors.”
The last of them – and perhaps greater for the Chinese – was a naval maneuver in which an American guided missile destroyer sailed near the disputed territory claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea.
The action taken by the warship, Stethem, outside the island of Triton in the Paracel archipelago, provoked a furious reaction from the Chinese government, which it described as “serious political and military provocation.”
However, neither of the two leaders seemed willing to give the report that M. Trump and Mr. Xi had established in April at a summit meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. M. Trump has prevented Mr.
Xi; The Chinese government said that tensions were expected in this complex relationship. But each leader has learned many other lessons, officials and external analysts.
Xi, said they misjudged what China must do to meet Mr. Trump, thinking of buying some very visible measures, such as a ban on coal purchases from the north. Mr.
Trump has overestimated the personal touch by betting that some solid handshakes with Xi would overcome China’s deep resistance to North Korea’s pressure.
“The Chinese have tried to understand what the absolute minimum they needed,” said Bonnie S. Glaser, director of China’s energy project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“The administration has repeatedly reported that banks and front companies