China sees chance of six-party talks with North Korea

Trump has publicly declared that North Korea's goal of developing a nuclear-capable missile that can reach the United States "won't happen".

Following his victory in the 2016 election, Trump also angered the Chinese officials after he accepted a phone call from the president of Taiwan.

Business with North Korea had become increasingly hard under years of sanctions and the once-bustling trade handling coal from the north had shrunk to just a few private merchants. Only the Bill Clinton administration, which negotiated a 1994 accord called the Agreed Framework, managed to freeze a plutonium-based bomb effort for a decade.

Hacks are especially likely to ramp up as Pyongyang searches for ways to fund the final stage of its quest for a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

In December, despite the United Nations resolution, Chinese coal imports from North Korea increased.

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"China knows it is a critical moment to take a stand and alert North Korea that it is serious this time", Cheng Xiaohe, Professor of International Relations at Renmin University said.

NAN recalls that on December 1, 2016, the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea aimed at cutting its annual export revenue by a quarter, after Pyongyang carried out its fifth and largest nuclear test so far in September.

While most world powers unanimously criticized the tests, China said talks - the six-party ones including the U.S., South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and North Korea - would be more successful in dealing with Pyongyang's nuclear threat than global sanctions. To compensate for its perceived vulnerability, it strengthens its military and acquires powerful deterrents such as nuclear weapons. China could either seek to deter unwanted USA actions (such as closer US relations with Taipei) by threatening to increase its cooperation with North Korea, or make hollow promises to increase pressure on North Korea to gain concession in negotiations with the United States. However, there are limits to what North Korea can achieve without foreign investment.

North Korea quit the now-stalled negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear weapons program in 2009, and soon afterwards carried out its second atomic test.

China is North Korea's largest source of trade and aid and the suspension will deprive Pyongyang of a key source of foreign currency. Coal is North Korea's biggest export and they are the fourth biggest supplier of coal for China, which had reportedly already rejected a shipment from them last week.

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At long last, the Chinese government has inflicted a penalty on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un for his reckless nuclear-weapons program.

Kim Jong Nam was estranged from his homeland and mostly lived in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory of Macau.

But Kim Jong Un is unlikely to abandon his nuclear ambitions willingly. The president, who has often lambasted China on issues of trade and foreign exchange, himself took steps to better security ties on February 9, affirming in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the USA will honor its "One China" policy, which considers the mainland and Taiwan as parts of the same country.

The Trump administration sees combating North Korea as a potential area of cooperation with Beijing. A freeze is probably the best that can be obtained in the short run and in return, there will have to be incentives that include some calibrated sanctions relief. The Washington Post reported Monday that such talks were in the preparatory stage.

Aside from being ineffectual, over emphasizing China's role in North Korea could have an unintended effect by giving Beijing leverage in U.S.

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