Trump Pressuring China to Help De-escalate Tensions with North Korea

When President Donald Trump hosted a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, everything seemed pleasant and cordial. Jinping even appeared to agree to help try to de-escalate the tensions with North Korea, but since the meeting, the opposite in true. China is North Korea’s largest trade partner and could levy a great deal of influence over Kim Jong-un, but so far, they haven’t. Now Trump is trying to pressure Jinping to put pressure on Kim in hopes of avoiding a major world war.

The once-budding bromance between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to have cooled considerably after Beijing failed to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and missile program.

Now, the administration is taking new steps to pressure the country, with the State Department issuing a report Tuesday that labels it among the worst human traffickers in the world.

“China was downgraded to Tier 3 action in this year’s report in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced laborers from North Korea that are located in China,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said…

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If China refuses to cooperate and help check North Korea’s aggression, many fear that war is inevitable. Chances are that such a war could pit the United States against China as well, a situation that no one, not even China wants to see happen. The war would not only devastate North & South Korea, but would probably destroy much of Japan, Philippines, Hawaii and the US west coast.

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