Harry Kazianis: President Xi Is ‘Playing with Fire’ If He Thinks He Can Use N. Korea as Leverage on Trade

‘That is going to harden the President’s stance and push him much more aggressively to push those tariffs on China and prove that China is a bad actor’

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KAZIANIS: "China has a huge role in all of this. The Chinese right now are obviously very upset over our trade stance which President Trump is doing the right thing there. But what Xi Jinping understands is North Korea could be his, no pun intended, trump card. he understands that using North Korea as leverage could be a way to get the United States to back off on its trade demands. I would say to Xi Jinping look, you are playing with fire there. I think that’s going to harden the President’s stance and push him much more aggressively to push those tariffs on China and prove that China essentially is a bad actor."

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