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Why China Won’t Budge on North Korea

By Gwynne Dyer      

China has lots of leverage: 90 percent of North Korea’s imports come in through China, and most of its foreign exchange comes from selling things to China. Beijing could leave the North Korean population freezing and starving in the dark if it chose—but it won’t do that.

U.S. President Donald Trump is visiting Asia this week, where talk will likely be dominated by how to halt the nuclear ambitions of the North Korea regime, led by Kim Jong-un. Photographs courtesy of Gage Skidmore and Wikipedia

Over the next few days, U.S. President Donald Trump will be visiting the leaders of Japan, South Korea, and China, and the same topic will dominate all three conversations: North Korea. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in will be looking for reassurance that the United States will protect them from North Korea’s nuclear weapons, but in Beijing, Trump will be the supplicant.

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