CBRN Assessment

China and US divergence in handling North Korea likely to slow efforts to improve trade relations

22 June 2017


The US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, on 21 June.

The US urged China to curtail North Korean nuclear weapons and missile programmes through economic and diplomatic pressure. The day before, US president Donald Trump said China failed to rein in North Korea, despite trying. China's foreign ministry refuted Trump's claim, and added that it strictly implements United Nations sanctions. In May, the two countries agreed to a 100-day trade talk plan, which Trump appeared to link to China's ability to rein in North Korea. China has seemingly suggested US actions related to North Korea would also be linked to trade in emphasising the 100-day plan and China's formal removal of restrictions on US beef imports on 21 June.

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