Beijing hit back hard Monday after being on the receiving end of a President Trump Twitter tirade linking China trade to a North Korean missile test.
After Trump wrote that he was “very disappointed” in China for profiting from American trade while staying silent on North Korea, the Chinese government cautioned against pinning the blame on them.
“We think the North Korea nuclear issue and China-U.S. trade … are in two completely different domains,” Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming said at a news conference in Beijing. “They aren’t related. They should not be discussed together.”
Days earlier, Trump used his favorite medium to castigate North Korea, China and the U.S. for allowing the situation to get so bad.
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“I am very disappointed in China,” Trump tweeted Saturday night. “Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”
Earlier on Saturday, North Korea announced that it had conducted another successful intercontinental ballistic missile test that proved its ability to strike the U.S. mainland.
Though the boast drew a rebuke from Beijing, Trump said China has not done enough to rein in North Korea.
China’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement, said the North Korean nuclear issue did not arise because of China and that everyone needed to work together to seek a resolution.
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China, a major trading partner with North Korea, has repeatedly said it strictly follows UN resolutions on North Korea, and has said U.S. sanctions against its neighbor have not been helpful.
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