Beijing could still be a good partner for the United States in countering Pyongyang’s brinkmanship and aggression – if handled correctly

  • Isaac Stone Fish is a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations

After North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, US President Donald Trump once again responded by putting pressure on Beijing. “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China,” Donald Trump tweeted that morning, “which is trying to help but with little success.”

In a subsequent tweet, Trump threatened to stop all trade with countries that do business with North Korea – which includes most of the world’s large nations, but targets China, through which North Korea conducts roughly 90% of its trade. “We’ll work with China,” US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday, “but people need to cut off North Korea economically.”

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