North Korea and China to Increase Cooperation

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed ways to increase their "strategic and tactical" cooperation during Kim's third visit to China, which concluded Wednesday, North Korean state media reported Thursday. Kim also briefed the Chinese president on his summit with President Trump in Singapore last week. Some analysts said the warmth displayed by Kim and Xi amounted to a warning from Beijing that Trump will have to back off on his threat to hit China with more tariffs if he wants help pressuring North Korea to denuclearize. "China is sending a message to Trump ... You can't have both," former energy secretary and repeat U.S. envoy to Pyongyang Bill Richardson told CNN.

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think China and North Korea are beginning to increase cooperation?
  • How do you believe this will impact the U.S.?
  • Do you think these efforts will be successful? Why or why not?