China Lashes Out against Notion It Bears 'Responsibility' for North Korea's Regime

Chinese trade with North Korea jumped 10.5% in the first half of this year, according to China Customs

Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the United Nations warned things could "get out of control" if states fail to ease tensions with Kim Jong-un. A handout photo made available by the United States Forces Korea (USFK) and the 8th Army shows a missile being fired into the East Sea during US-South Korean joint Precision Firing Capability exercise along the east coast in South Korea, 05 July 2017.

The sanctions being prepared would leave larger Chinese banks unaffected but would deny smaller firms that do business with North Korea access to US markets.

Yesterday tensions flared as China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said it was not his country's responsibility to deal with the communist state. But it is especially anxious about the collapse of the regime with which it shares a border, and fears both an influx of millions of North Korean refugees and the possibility of a unified Korea with USA troops again at the Yalu River.

It has urged everyone not to "add fuel to the fire" on the Korean Peninsula, rather than just shift responsibility to China.

President Donald Trump last week criticized China for its ties with North Korea's government following the launch of a test missile, saying that China's economic interests undermined its ability to challenge President Kim Jong-un's totalitarian regime.

Highlighting the legitimacy of their trade relationship, Huang Songping, a Beijing customs spokesman said the exports were largely driven by textile products and other traditional labour-intensive goods that are not included on the United Nations embargo list.

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China is nervous about a nuclear armed North Korea.

There have been reports that China National Petroleum Corp, a state-owned Chinese company, has stopped selling fuel North Korea over concerns it will not get paid.

However Chinese officials have previously expressed their disdain for North Korea's provocative actions.

Since taking office in January, Trump has vowed to press Beijing, North Korea's only major ally and largest trade partner, to do more to curb the reclusive regime's weapons programs.

The number of North Koreans escaping to the South declined sharply in the first half of this year as Pyongyang strengthened controls on its border with China, officials said Wednesday.

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