The South China Morning Post reports Trump says he gave his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping an ultimatum in their meeting last week: solve the North Korea crisis and you’ll get a good trade deal. Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!” He added: “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A” Trump made clear his hope that Beijing will pressure its neighbor and close ally to stop its nuclear program, and has been reaching out to China’s neighbors for support since his summit with Xi Jinping ended last week. He has also repeatedly hammered China for exporting more goods to the US than it imports.
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