Dr. James Walsh, board member at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and researcher at MIT also sees China taking important steps in line with the international community.
“I think the president is wrong. We have gotten China’s help” Walsh said, again citing the tightening of coal, iron and gasoline trade between the two countries.
“If you’re trying to get a country to cooperate with you, it’s not clear to me that threatening them publicly and insulting them is a good path to cooperation,” he continued, noting that under that approach, the administration is “as likely to alienate” China as to induce them to cooperate.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted to Trump’s criticism emphasizing that the North Korean nuclear issue did not arise because of China.