3. "Relations with China could soon turn more contentious"
In Axios PM, we told you about Trump's fascinating tweet-shaming of Chinese President Xi: "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!"
Jonathan Swan pointed out: "Administration officials are horrified by what happened to Otto Warmer [who died after coming home from North Korea in a coma]. It's being taken seriously at the highest level, and reinforced to Trump and his top aides that they're dealing with a very crazy person."
The well-wired Bill Bishop, in his knowing Sinocism newsletter, says Swan's take is the best he's seen, and adds: "The next logical step for the US is to enact harsh sanctions on a much larger number of Chinese firms, including Chinese banks, as well as individuals who are breaking the UN sanctions on North Korea."
The N.Y. Times makes the tweet the lead story of the paper, noting that "Trump's statement [was] delivered in an almost cavalier tweet," and adding:
"Reports late on Tuesday of renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear site added to the sense of urgency, and underlined how China had failed to curb Mr. Kim's provocative actions."