The US President is considering possible trade actions against Beijing amid mounting frustration over trade and China’s inaction on North Korea, three senior administration officials told Reuters.
The officials said Donald Trump is looking at options including tariffs on steel imports but whether he would actually take any steps against China remains unclear.
On North Korea, Trump “feels like he gave China a chance to make a difference” but has not seen enough results, the official said.
The United States has pressed China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to help rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.
Beijing has repeatedly said its influence on North Korea is limited and that it is doing all it can.
“They did a little, not a lot,” the official said. “And if he’s not going to get what he needs on that, he needs to move ahead on his broader agenda on trade and on North Korea.”
The North Korean threat is Donald Trump’s top national security challenge and he has ordered a show of American military might in the region in recent weeks.
Emotions are running high in America after US student Otto Warmbier died last week, just a week after being released in a coma from detention in North Korea.
Here are live updates and the latest breaking news US efforts to encourage China to put more pressure on North Korea amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.
11am US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, who arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, spoke reporters outside his residence on Wednesday and said the US hoped to collaborate with China.
“We need to work together to deal with some of the pressing, difficult issues, such as the threat from North Korea. We want to work together to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula,” he said.
Last week Mr Trump tweeted: “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”
The US President had made a grand gesture of his…