Global effort on North Korea gets Beijing boost
China is providing a welcome boost to the global campaign to pressure North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear tests.
China is the North’s economic lifeline. The Trump administration is cautiously embracing China’s apparent newfound co-operation.
But Washington says it will be watching closely to ensure that China doesn’t ease up on the North — if and when the world’s attention is diverted elsewhere.he United States says it will be watching China closely to ensure it fully and continuously implements new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.
Susan Thornton is the top U.S. diplomat for Asia. She says in the past, there’s been a pattern in which China complies with sanctions after a North Korean provocation, but then slips back over time.
Thornton says the U.S. wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there’s “not this kind of episodic back and forth that we’ve seen.
Still, Thornton says China’s vote for the sanctions is a good step that shows Beijing understands the gravity of the problem.