President Donald Trump shares a laugh with (clockwise from left) Ms.Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Secretary Tom Price, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Vice President Mike Pence on. "They hold the primary responsibility to keep things moving, to start moving in the right direction, not China".
The Trump administration's threat to impose sanctions against China for failing to reign in North Korea will be very hard to enforce, Dr. Francesco Sisci of the People's University of China told Radio Sputnik.
Trump returned to his practice of attacking China on Twitter over the weekend, expressing disappointment in China's failure to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea, which tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that can strike American targets across the country.
"China can put sanctions on North Korea but then North Korea can trade with Mongolia or Russian Federation or other countries and circumvent the sanctions". Additionally, numerous reports indicate that China has unevenly enforced United Nations sanctions on North Korea and actively watered down sanctions in the most recent UNSC Resolutions. "The US thinks that China can do more about North Korea, China argues that it is already doing enough and in my view the problem is, how can the two sides build more trust and what can we do as third parties to help to build this trust and find a creative solution to this North Korea problem".
If China does not change its posture, the USA should take clear and firm action to seek to ensure China's cooperation.
Schumer called on Trump to use the inter-agency committee "to suspend the approval of all mergers and acquisitions in the U.S.by Chinese entities". Suspending Chinese firms' ability to acquire companies in the US would be one such action.
Evanina, whose office oversees USA government efforts to counter spying, industrial espionage and other foreign intelligence threats, declined to be more specific but noted that China's direct investment in the United States quadrupled from 2015 to 2016, to $48 billion annually.
It is simple. While Trump is tweeting and playing golf, North Korea is getting closer to having a nuclear missile that could strike a major U.S. city. "They are using the Norks to taunt us", he said, using slang for North Koreas.
If Trump doesn't act, it will be another sign to the North Koreans that they can do as they please with no consequences.