When he is not happy, President Donald Trump lets you know it – and that’s exactly what he did with China over the weekend.
“I am very disappointed in China,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“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,” he continued. “We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”
North Korea on Friday local time launched its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which landed in the Sea of Japan but experts say could have reached as far as New York City, based on how long it flew and distance travelled.
On the eve of July Fourth, North Korea successfully tested its first Hwasong-14 missile, and Kim Jong Un reportedly said there are more “gifts” for the “American bastards.”
Now the United States is faced with the ever-growing, stark reality that North Korea is armed and ready to attack.
However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry told Reuters that the nuclear problems with North Korea are not their fault.
“All parties should have a correct understanding of this,” it said, in response to being asked about Trump’s tweets, according to Reuters.
The Chinese Vice Commerce Minister, Qian Keming, also said: “We think the North Korea nuclear issue and China-U.S. trade are issues that are in two completely different domains. They aren’t related. They should not be discussed together.”
North Korea does a lot of its trade with China. China has repeatedly said it follows the United Nations regulations on trade with North Korea, but it has also said sanctions the U.S. might place on North Korea are not helpful.
“The essence of Sino-U.S. trade is mutual benefit and win-win, with a vast amount of facts proving the healthy development of business and trade ties is good for both countries, the ministry added,” according to Reuters.
China needs to decide if it will back stronger U.N. sanctions against North Korea after this second ICBM test, according to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.