Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to block China deals over North Korea

Posted August 01, 2017

Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming's remarks Monday followed tweets by President Donald Trump complaining that China had benefited massively from trade with the USA while providing no help resolving problems with North Korea.

Trump's public statements about China's role in dealing with North Korea has run the gamut, from praise for Chinese President Xi Jinping to contempt.

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

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says North Korea is already violating several UN Security Council resolutions anyhow, suggesting that the US needs to rethink its tactics toward something else, while angrily demanding China do more. The regime in North Korea is increasingly dependent on China's goods and investments, especially its energy and manufacturing imports.

In an interview with Reuters on Friday, the top us counter-intelligence official suggested the Trump administration was already working on a plan for a more stringent CFIUS review process. In particular, China has proposed that North Korea freeze its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for a halt to major military exercises by American and South Korean forces on the Korean Peninsula and off its coast.

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"We're making significant progress on that, working with both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue", said William Evanina, National Counterintelligence Executive, referring to the White House and Congress.

"It is still very hard, but in a positive way I would say that the USA despite the rhetoric is still looking for a political solution, it's not ready to go and use military means", Sisci said.

After North Korea tested a missile on Friday that could theoretically hit NY and Washington, DC, Trump took to Twitter to bash China for not doing more to curb North Korea's nuclear program. The reported recent tightening of China's outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) controls in tandem with state funding for OFDI in many sectors indicate that major foreign investments in the USA from China are increasingly tied to state interests. "No matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results".

"They (the United States and North Korea) hold the primary responsibility to keep things moving, to start moving in the right direction, not China", he told a news conference at the end of China's month-long presidency of the Security Council.

Schumer's plan to prohibit CFIUS from approving Chinese deals would be technically legal but would stretch the mandate of CFIUS, which is supposed to stop mergers or stock buys that pose a threat to national security, according to two CFIUS experts. It added that the risking "adding kindling or, even worse, pouring oil on the flames".

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