Here’s a must-read lead from the NYT.
The thing is, as the article highlights, China recognizes that oil sanctions on North Korea will probably bring the regime down but China worries about South Korea overrunning the north and US allies at China’s border.
Meanwhile, in an equally powerful editorial in China’s influential, Global Times, there’s a very different argument, focused on US provocation of North Korea.
The NYT article highlights how the Trump team are peddling fast to minimize the impact of Trump’s damaging tweets which lacked forthought and considered judgement.
Clearly, there’s an expectation of another missile test from North Korea.
The only good news is that the US government is now testing dipomatic initiatives to the limit.
Perhaps the US can offer China a carot to agree to full sanctions on North Korea, including oil?