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Trump's trade war changes China's calculus on North Korea

Donald Trump shakes Xi Jinping's hand.
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images

Part of the reason China was willing to take a harder line against North Korea was to curry favor with the U.S., but Trump has proposed tariffs on Chinese exports anyways, ratcheting up trade tensions.

Why it matters: Beijing is now reassessing its priorities when it comes to North Korea, according to Jenny Town, managing editor of 38 North, and may be less willing to keep up the pressure.