24November2017

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US SANCTIONS AGAINST CHINA AND NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR CRISIS

US relations with China and Russia have recently been disrupted by North Korea's nuclear crisis. The Chinese government, for example, two days ago reacted quite strongly to Washington's move to impose sanctions on individuals and companies doing business with North Korea. The US Treasury has set new sanctions on a series of Chinese and Russian individuals and companies as it is seen to support North Korea's nuclear program.

Earlier President Donald Trump had asked the Chinese government to convince North Korea to stop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Beijing believes the United States' move to sanction Chinese citizens accused of doing business with North Korea has no impact on efforts to resolve the US-North Korean crisis.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua confirmed his government's stance in an official press conference. Beijing firmly requested that Washington stop the misreported policy and fix it immediately. Hua also pointed out that the real crisis on the Korean Peninsula has no sign of abating. With the statement, it is implied that the Chinese government wants to convey that Beijing has taken steps to persuade the government in Pyong Yang related to its nuclear and ballistic policies.

On the other hand, a new tension between Washington and Beijing also indicates that the United States wants to state that Russia and China are allies to North Korea. Under the new sanctions policy, implicitly Washington wants both China and Russia to take more concrete steps to pressure North Korea so that the country can immediately change its policy by stopping its nuclear and ballistic testing activities that trouble the United States and South Korea. Diplomatically, Washington's move is actually an attempt to pressure Beijing to persuade North Korea, along with the possibility of immediate talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and North Korea. Whether the United States' move will impact the changing of North Korea's nuclear policy will still be determined by the Chinese stance of capturing Washington's signal.

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