Sunday, July 2, 2017

US loses patience with China over North Korea, hardens strategy

Jul 02 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
US loses patience with China, hardens strategy

Failure To Rein In North Korea Prompts Shift
Less than three months after President Donald Trump and China's leader strolled the manicured lawns at Mar-a-Lago, the White House is suddenly engaged in a multipronged pressure campaign against Beijing, born of frustration with the limited results of their muchtouted cooperation on ending North Korea's nuclear threat.Delivering a one-two punch to China on Thursday , the Trump administration approved a $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan and blacklisted a small Chinese bank over its business ties with North Korea. The state department earlier in the week gave Beijing a dismal grade in a new human trafficking report that was endorsed by Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser.
The actions culminated days of increased irritation among the president and his top aides over China's reluctance to tighten economic screws on Pyongyang. Until recently , US officials had been hailing the improved coordination with China and describing it as the centerpiece of their strategy for preventing North Korea's isolated totalitarian government from being able to strike the US homeland with nuclear weapons.
Trump hinted at his loss of patience last week, tweeting that his bid to secure a tougher Chinese approach “has not worked out“. China represents about 90 percent of North Korea's trade. After a meeting Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that focused heavily on North Korea, Trump made no reference to Beijing, reiterateing that an era of “strategic patience“ over Pyongyang's nuclear programme had ended.

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