China says they don’t have that good of control over North Korea. They have tremendous control. I deal with the Chinese all of the time. I do tremendous — the largest bank in the world is in one of my buildings in Manhattan. I deal with them. They tell me. They have total, absolute control, practically, of North Korea.
Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to China late last month to press Chinese officials to back tougher sanctions on North Korea. His meetings with his Chinese counterpart Foreign Minister Wang Yi were tense, and they agreed only that the countries should take swifter action at the U.N., according to U.S. officials. …Chinese officials resisted Mr. Kerry’s plea for tougher sanctions, citing adverse effects to Chinese businesses.Mr. Kerry warned the Chinese that if they didn’t toughen their response to the North the U.S. might have to use secondary sanctions or deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system to the region, according to U.S. officials.
In contrast to calls from South Korea, Japan and the United States on Sunday for tougher sanctions against North Korea, China said early dialogue — meaning the resumption of talks among major powers and North Korea — was its preferred way to rein in Mr. Kim. Those negotiations, led by China and known as the six-party talks, fell apart in 2009 after North Korea walked out.In response to the Foreign Ministry’s statement, one person on Weibo said: “I feel ‘regret’ for the Foreign Ministry.”