Following a merciful hiatus owing to a nine-day foreign trip, US President Donald Trump has returned to Twitter, reacting to the latest missile tests out of North Korea by declaring that the DPRK is showing “great disrespect” for China who is still “trying hard.”
North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile…but China is trying hard!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2017
After the tweet, some on Twitter expressed skeptism at Trump’s foreign policy approach.
This approach of claiming to know how China thinks or cares about North Korea is ridiculous, and ineffective. https://t.co/OcLAQGL6cd
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) May 29, 2017
@prchovanec Beijing's decision making is not influenced by Trump's comments. China will define its own interests.
— Bonnie Glaser / 葛来仪 (@BonnieGlaser) May 29, 2017
Yes, that's right. If they launch again we will escalate our diplomatic scolding level to "vexed." https://t.co/gQcIu2UbJ4
— The Relevant Organs (@relevantorgans) May 29, 2017
Though perhaps Trump tweet comes because he feels he has gained mastery on the complex political situation between the two countries following a 10-minute-long China-Korean history lesson given to him in April by Chinese President Xi Jinping during their Mar-a-Lago meeting which made the US president realize that “it’s not so easy.” Since then, Trump has frequently praised China for doing all it can to solve the North Korea crisis, going so far as to stop any criticism against the country which was once one of his favorite targets on the campaign trail.
Meanwhile, China has responded to the latest ballistic missile launch out of Pyongyang (the ninth this year) in typical fashion by urging “all relevant sides [to] maintain calm and exercise restraint.”
At the same time, it seems that North Korea is feeling disrespected by China. Earlier this month, the official Korean Central News Agency published a strongly-worded editorial stating that China should in fact be thanking North Korea for providing “protection” from the US for decades.
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