Asian CrosstalkONE STORY told FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES
APRIL 22 2017
US-China Trade: a way to deal with North Korea?
The Korea Herald
Trump can’t credibly threaten China militarily. And that’s why, presumably, he’s trying to bribe China instead. The only obvious way to bribe China is by offering something China might want and that Trump has threatened not to provide, namely a good trade deal.
If Beijing increases pressure on North Korea by banning resource trade, for example, and sanctioning local companies doing business with Pyongyang, can it then turn around to Trump and legitimately go slow on trade talks?
Mr. Trump has explicitly hinted that he will not punish China as a currency manipulator — as he had often threatened — if it helps on North Korea. Certainly, China can do more than it has in recent years, including squeeze North Korea’s energy lifeline.