The US has said its policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over and suggested it might decide to take pre-emptive military action.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the option was "on the table" if the threat from the North's weapons programme reached a level requiring it.
“Chinese Premier Li Keqiang just issued a strong message to Donald Trump: You really don’t want to start a trade war with us.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Li cited an article from “an authoritative international think tank” showing that “should a trade war break out between China and the United States, it would be foreign-invested companies, in particular US firms, that would bear the brunt of it.”
““We don't want to see any trade war breaking out between the two countries. That wouldn’t make our trade fairer,” he added.
“Is Li right that US companies would end up hit harder than Chinese companies in the event of a trade war?,” Vox reported.
China had tried two weeks ago to end the possibility of war.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has no military experience, is threatening attacks on North Korea if it does not stop nuclear and missile testing.
The New York Times is quoting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as rejecting talks with North Korea.
So much for Trump’s bromance with Russia.
“Both (China) nations have agreed to intensify their opposition to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) which the US plans to deploy to the region.
Ministers from Russia and China met to solidify their allegiance against Trump’s project.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said: “Both sides said they will continue to strengthen their coordinated opposition to THAAD."
China’s assistant foreign minister, Kong Xuanyou, and Russian deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov have talked in Beijing,” the Express reported.