We just got through a heated situation with North Korea, and now we are in warm waters with China. Did everyone pick 2017 to get their knickers in a twist ?
The United States put “fresh, unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies” after they seemingly supported the nuclear and ballistic programs in North Korea. It is not in the best interest of any country for North Korea to have access to nuclear bombs.
The Trump administration announced new sanctions against China and Russia on Tuesday as part of its campaign to pressure North Korea to stop its development of nuclear weaponsand missiles.
The new sanctions affect six individuals and 10 organizations with financial ties to Pyongyang’s weapons program. Tension between the United States and North Korea has escalated over North Korea’s recent missile tests.
“It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in a statement on Tuesday.
In June, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on a Chinese bank, a Chinese company and two Chinese citizens to crack down on the financing of North Korea’s weapons program.
“I think it’s a significant action by the Trump administration,” Anthony Ruggiero, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonprofit group in Washington, said of the new round of sanctions.
The Hill reports that now the Chinese Embassy is warning the United States to “correct its mistake.” They said, “China opposes unilateral sanctions out of the [United Nations] Security Council framework, especially the ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ over Chinese entities and individuals exercised by any country in accordance with its domestic laws.”
The warning continued, “We strongly urge the U.S. to immediately correct its mistake, so as not to impact bilateral cooperation on relevant issues.”
Should Trump rethink the sanctions or should China shove it ?
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