China Thinks Trump Tweets Way Too Much

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China is tired of President Donald Trump’s tweets, according to Chinese state media.

Trump returned to his practice of attacking China on Twitter over the weekend, expressing disappointment in China’s failure to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea, which tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that can strike American targets across the country.

“Trump has a strong personality, and he likes tweeting,” a Xinhua News Agency commentary explained, “but emotional venting cannot guide policy to a resolution of the nuclear issue on the peninsula.” The article warned the U.S. against pushing responsibility for the growing crisis onto China and adding fuel to the fire.

After North Korea conducted its second ICBM test, Trump took to Twitter to express his frustration.

Tensions have flared since the meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April. As Trump comes to realize China cannot and will not resolve the North Korea issue for the U.S. and its allies, he has become more critical of China in his tweets, and China appears to have had enough.

The Xinhua article is not the first time Chinese state media has criticized Trump’s Twitter habits.

“Engaging in ‘Twitter diplomacy’ is ill-advised,” Xinhua wrote in January in response to a string of tweets blasting China for manipulating its currency, engaging in unfair trading practices, militarizing the South China Sea, unlawfully seizing a U.S. naval unmanned underwater vehicle in international waters, taking advantage of the U.S., and failing to rein in North Korea. “Trump’s tweets have sparked concern in the U.S. and around the world.”

“It is common sense that foreign policy is not child’s play, and even less is it like doing business deals,” Xinhua asserted. “Twitter should not become an instrument of foreign policy.”

Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi said Monday that it is up to the U.S. and North Korea to solve the problems, not China.

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