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Will China not cooperate with U.S. in pressuring North Korea?

It is not enough if the U.S. and Chinese leaders only engaged in staging amicable bilateral relations from start to finish. Their first meeting as national leaders cannot possibly be described as being fruitful.

U.S. President Donald Trump has held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his retreat in Florida.

However earnestly the two leaders emphasize an expansion in the range of bilateral cooperation, it will lack persuasiveness if no specific agreement is reached regarding urgent issues.

It is particularly worrying to note that they did no more than share the view that North Korea’s nuclear and missile development has reached “a very serious stage.” According to the U.S. side, there was no discussion regarding a comprehensive solution to the problem during the latest talks.

If the Xi administration does not want a disturbance to erupt on the Korean Peninsula, it needs to restrict the supply of oil and other assistance to North Korea while also stemming that country’s military provocations, such as a nuclear test and a ballistic missile launch.

(The Japan News, April 11, 2017)

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