Korean Peninsula

  • Trump should talk with Pyongyang

Jan 6, 2017-

US president-elect Donald Trump has adopted a belligerent tone whenever he talks about China and his latest bid to tar China with the brush of responsibility for seemingly any and every issue that catches his attention was no exception. “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the US in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!” he tweeted on Monday. Such accusations are deliberately manipulative, and bode ill for ties between the world’s top two economies, each being the other’s biggest trading partner. Trade between China and the United States, nearly $560 billion last year, has thrived on mutual benefits. It is not a favor given by one to the other. And, contrary to what Trump claimed, China has always played an active and responsible role in trying to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. It has worked with the US and other countries to impose UN mandated sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and send a strong and united response to Pyongyang’s provocative moves. Trump also conveniently neglected to mention that the hostile stance of the US and its Asian allies toward the DPRK has only increased the DPRK’s fears about its survival and have only fueled Pyongyang’s desire to accelerate its nuclear weapons program.

Rather than accusing China of not doing enough to help the US with its strategic aims on the Korean Peninsula and reinforcing the DPRK’s survival fears, Trump would do better to heed his own words and engage in talks with Pyongyang. 

- CHINA DAILY

Published: 06-01-2017 08:15

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