Chinese State Media Has Had Enough of Trump's 'Emotional Venting'

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In the wake of Pyongyang's latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch Friday night, U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed that the U.S. will handle the North Korean issue.

The United States secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, has turned up pressure on China to help isolate and cajole North Korea.

After North Korea conducted its second ICBM test, Trump took to Twitter to express his frustration.

The piece followed Trump's statements on Twitter this weekend accusing China of doing "nothing" about North Korea, after a short-lived honeymoon period with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping following their April summit in Florida.

In a harsh criticism of the US, China's Permanent Representative Liu Jieyi told the reporters here on Monday that Washington has failed in its obligations to implement the Security Council resolutions on North Korea because it has moved to impose an "economic blockade, took actions and used language" that escalate tension. The robust China-North Korea economic and trade relationship makes it clear that China could exercise considerable leverage over the North Korean regime to alter course, but that far from trying to do so China's leaders would prefer to contain the problem - not solve it.

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi (center) speaks at a news conference in NY on Monday. China's ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that "no matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results because it depends on the two principal parties"-underscoring China's belief that the U.S. and ally South Korea should perhaps pull back on military exercises on and near the Korean Peninsula to get North Korea to play ball".

"Taking out this outrage on China is clearly finding the wrong target", said Xinhua. We'll be able to handle North Korea.

The signed Xinhua commentary restated China's efforts to pursue denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula, adding that Trump's "hard-hitting" approach could lead to the outbreak of war with "unthinkable consequences".

The ASEAN Regional Forum, slated for August 7 in Manila, will set the stage for intense debate over North Korea. "They're making the case for us rather effectively". ".they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk". Xinhua's editorial pointed that out, saying taming North Korea is not China's responsibility and the United States should not "stab China in the back".

Tim Shorrock is a Washington-based journalist who writes about USA national security and foreign policy for many publications at home and overseas.

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