Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Trump Wants China to Pay for Failing to Stop North Korea

Trump Wants China to Pay for Failing to Stop North Korea

The 68-year-old had come under fire for driving under the influence of alcohol in 1991 and for playing golf in his post-retirement years on anniversaries of such national tragedies as the sinking of the Cheonan warship and North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.

Sino-US relations have soured in recent weeks as President Donald Trump has urged Beijing to step up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes.

Question: There are reports that say North Korea is taking advantage of "loopholes" in United Nations sanctions, increasing exports of iron to China.

Imports fell 13.2 percent to $880 million in the six months to June 30 from the same period a year earlier, the customs bureau said Thursday.

The news comes as the Trump administration continues to call on Beijing to use its economic leverage over Kim Jong Un's regime. They say that they are complying fully with global sanctions, which target sensitive industries and do not amount to a total trade embargo. "Trade related to DPRK people's livelihood, especially those that reflect humanitarianism should not be influenced by the sanctions", Huang said.

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Huang said coal imports dropped by three-quarters in the first half, and all those shipments had been made before February 18. By comparison, imports of coal alone were worth $97.6 million just in the month of February.

"So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!" he added. Trump tweeted on July 5.

"If Trump were to give up on Chinese support in terms of containing North Korea, then there's a risk of increased trade tensions between the USA and China, which could negatively impact China's overall export performance", said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

The Chinese customs department released figures showing a 29 percent spike in Chinese exports to North Korea.

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