CHINA hit back at US President Donald Trump yesterday over comments linking trade to North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile programmes.
Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming’s remarks came after Mr Trump complained that China had benefited massively from trade with the US while providing no help resolving problems with North Korea.
His weekend comments on Twitter followed the latest North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test on Friday.
Washington’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley also weighed in, saying Beijing “must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step” of getting tough on the North.
But Mr Qian cautioned yesterday: “North Korea’s nuclear issue and the issue of trade between China and the United States are two different issues.
“They are not related. You cannot speak about them together,” he declared.
Mr Qian also reported that Chinese trade volume rose in the first half of 2017 against the same period last year, ending a two-year decline.
Imports rose 19.6 per cent in the period from January to June, while exports rose 25.7 per cent.