Bei­jing tells Trump not to link trade to Py­ongyang

New Straits Times - - World -

NI­CO­LAS MADURO, Venezue­lan pres­i­dent BEI­JING: China said yes­ter­day the United States should not link trade to dis­cus­sions about North Korea’s nu­clear pro­gramme, af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ac­cused Bei­jing of tak­ing no ac­tion on Py­ongyang de­spite prof­it­ing from busi­ness with Amer­ica.

“We be­lieve that the North Korea nu­clear is­sue and China-US trade are two is­sues that are in two com­pletely dif­fer­ent do­mains,” Chi­nese Vice-Min­is­ter of Com­merce Qian Kem­ing said, ad­ding that the is­sues “are not re­lated and should not be dis­cussed to­gether”.

“Both China and the US have gained great prof­its from bi­lat­eral trade and in­vest­ment co­op­er­a­tions.”

The com­ments came in re­sponse to a ques­tion about tweets from Trump on Satur­day warn­ing that he would no longer al­low China to “do noth­ing” on North Korea, af­ter the her­mit state launched its sec­ond in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile test.

Trump has re­peat­edly urged China to rein in its neigh­bour, but Bei­jing in­sists di­a­logue is the only prac­ti­cal way for­ward.

In his cri­tique, Trump linked trade with China to North Korea, af­ter South Korea in­di­cated it was speed­ing up the de­ploy­ment of a US mis­sile de­fence sys­tem that has in­fu­ri­ated China.

“I am very dis­ap­pointed in China. 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,” Trump wrote. AFP

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