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China should put more pressure on North Korea, says expert

China should step up its pressure on North Korea in financial and trade matters to curb the latter's nuclear ambition, an American expert has said.

US President Donald Trump is questioning the efficiency of the cooperation with China on dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis and his visit to China later this year is expected to strengthen the dialogue between the two countries on the thorny issue, Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, said recently.

Glaser's remarks came after the US had imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens and a shipping company for helping North Korea's missile and nuclear programs and accused a Chinese bank of laundering money for Pyongyang. China accounts for an estimated 80 percent of North Korea's foreign trade, along with crucial food and fuel assistance.

The American expert called it "very sensitive", predicting that Chinese President Xi Jinping might not completely listen to Trump to put more pressure on North Korea as what promised during their telephone call made before Pyongyang's latest tests of an international ballistic missile that some experts believe could have the range to reach Alaska and parts of the US west coast.

On Saturday at a meeting with Chinese President Xi during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Trump adopted a conciliatory tone, agreeing to work with China to deal with the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

In Glaser's opinion, the US and China should understand "what North Korea really wants" when it comes to stopping Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons. China is not willing to be responsible for North Korea's security alone, and Pyongyang will continue to develop its own nuclear weapons even though China agrees to provide a nuclear umbrella, Glaser said, adding that the US, China and Russia should join hands to provide a solution to the pressing issue.

Glaser also mentioned the closer ties the US is building with its allies, which she said is seen by China as a threat and by US as a major part of its security strategy. The American expert also talked about the building of the new type of great power relationship, saying that US and China still have differences on building such a relationship.

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