‘Disappointed’ Trump Lashes Out At China Over North Korea

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter

North Korea has a missile that can likely range most of the U.S., and President Donald Trump’s patience with China has run out.

Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he is “very disappointed in China,” which he accused of making billions off the U.S. while doing nothing to stop North Korea.

When Trump first met Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago residence in early April, he expressed hope that China would take steps to rein in its aggressive, nuclear neighbor.

Over the past few months, the president’s patience with China has worn thin. While China suspended coal imports and cut gas exports, trade continues between China and North Korea. Beijing remains hesitant to put the kind of pressure necessary on Pyongyang.

North Korea has tested a collection of new short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range ballistic missiles, as well as improved surface-to-air and coastal defense cruise missiles. The North tested the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time earlier this month. The North Korean military tested this missile again Friday, demonstrating an ability to strike most of America’s major cities, according to leading experts.

Trump’s tweets reflect his growing frustration with China’s failure to act.

Trump’s latest tweets signal that he has finally come to the conclusion that China will not solve the North Korea problem for the U.S. For months, China’s rhetoric on this issue has indicated that Beijing’s strategic interests in the region are not in line with Washington’s, limiting opportunities for cooperation.

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