An “Angry, Frustrated” China Hits Back Over Trump’s Latest Tweets

Monday, July 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Jul 31, 2017

Two days after President Donald Trump tweeted he was “very disappointed” in China
following Pyongyang’s latest missile test adding that “we will no longer allow this to continue”, Beijing has hit back at Trump on Monday, saying the problem did not
arise in China and that all sides need to work for a solution, according to a statement sent to Reuters by China’s Foreign Ministry.

“All parties should have a correct understanding of this,” it said, adding the international community widely recognized China’s efforts to seek a resolution. The essence of Sino-U.S. trade is mutual benefit and win-win, with a vast amount of facts proving the healthy development of business and trade ties is good for both countries, the ministry added.

Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming, weighed in too, telling a news conference there was no link between the North Korea issue and China-U.S. trade. “We think the North Korea nuclear issue and China-US trade are issues that are in two completely different domains. They aren’t related. They should not be discussed together,” Qian said.

Also on Monday, the state-run nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times said that “Pyongyang is determined to develop its nuclear and missile program and does not care about military threats from the U.S. and South Korea” adding “how could Chinese sanctions change the situation?”

China wants both balanced trade with the United States and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, its official Xinhua news agency added in a commentary. “However, to realize these goals, Beijing needs a more cooperative partner in the White House, not one who piles blame on China for the United States’ failures,” it added.

Reuters adds that “China has become increasingly frustrated with American and Japanese criticism that it should do more to rein in Pyongyang. China is North Korea’s closest ally, but Beijing is angry with its continued nuclear and missile tests.” China, with which North Korea does the large majority of its trade, has repeatedly said it strictly follows U.N. resolutions on North Korea and has denounced unilateral U.S. sanctions as unhelpful.

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