The Trump administration’s narrow minded focus on North Korea means it’s taking its eye off China as a result. That’s a mistake
- Isaac Stone Fish is a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations
On Saturday, the United Nations security council passed its most sweeping North Korea sanctions yet. The council banned the international sale of coal, Pyongyang’s largest export, and other valuable items like iron ore and seafood – a move the White House said could slash North Korea’s annual exports of roughly $3bn by a third.
The vote represented the culmination of months of Trump’s blandishments, cajolements and threats to Chinese leader Xi Jinping over how to contain North Korea’s expanding nuclear weapons and missiles program. And by once again allowing North Korea to dominate US-China relations, it represents a further strategic mistake for the Trump administration.
China is the nation that matters in US foreign policy. And yet, North Korea remains on center stage
Link : What’s worse than war with North Korea? War with China | Isaac Stone Fish