China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports

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Agosto 15, 2017

The move, which could eventually lead to steep tariffs on Chinese goods, comes at a time when Trump has asked China to do more to crack down on North Korea's nuclear missile programme as he threatens possible military action against Pyongyang.

The war of words has sparked global concerns, with world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping urging calm on both sides in a phone call with Mr Trump over the weekend.

American threats to get tough on trade with China won't help solve the crisis over North Korea. Following the statement, Pyongyang said it is considering an attack near the Pacific island of Guam where several U.S. military bases are located.

"The Korean Peninsula issue and the trade issue belong to two different categories", said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It wasn't immediately clear how China would react to the move. Landing a blow against China would also be more complicated if the USA chooses to target sectors where the countries are connected along global supply chains, which make up a most of their bilateral trade.

"His idea of exploiting trade as a bargaining chip in dealings with China dates back to the campaign trail", it said in an English-language commentary published on Monday. "The results are there for all to see".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters about North Korea before a workforce and apprenticeship discussion at his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey U.S. August 11, 2017.

China said it will allow the inbound delivery of products from the North's port of Najin on the northeastern coast, if they are proven to have been made in other countries.

China moved to tighten economic pressure on North Korea on Monday by implementing a new package of United Nations sanctions, but simultaneously had a warning for the Trump administration: don't spoil our new-found unity by starting a trade war.

The trade investigation is expected to be only one part of a multi-pronged push by the Trump administration to counter perceived Chinese trade abuses, which Trump frequently railed against as a candidate.

Other U.S. officials have since sought to play down the link between the two issues. -China trading relationship. But analysts have cautioned that Trump faces a huge challenge in his desire to significantly reduce the US trade deficit with China, which previous year stood at more than $300 billion.

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