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Under pressure from the Trump administration to do something about North Korea’s out-of-control and aggressive nuclear and missile program, China has worked out an agreement with South Korea to take “strong action”.
It remains a question how serious this response will be, but it is also the first sign in a long time that China is finally taking the threat from North Korea seriously.
Update: China refuses acceptance of coal from a fleet of North Korean ships.
This new story confirms that China was serious about this ban when it announced it in February. Set to run to at least the end of this year, the loss of income to North Korea, very poor already, should have some influence there. Whether good or bad, however, remains unknown. One cannot expect irrational and mad individuals holding great power to come to rational conclusions.