I don’t have much in common with the leadership of China. But in one area – regard for the United Nations – we seem to be on the same page.
My way of expressing this disegard is writing about it and explaining why. China’s unfortunately, is a bit more significant: it ignores its responsibilities as a member of the organization.
From an Associated Press article at NBC News:
President Donald Trump attacked China on Thursday following reports that Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea in violation of U.N. sanctions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.
Trump said on Twitter that China had been “Caught RED HANDED,” adding he was “very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea.”
“There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” the president said, without citing the source of his information.
Ship-to-ship trade with North Korea at sea is prohibited under U.N. sanctions adopted Sept. 11. The latest sanctions adopted Friday, in response to the test of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile, also impose sharp reductions on imports of refined oil products by the isolated nation
Am I surprised that China, with its rich history of ignoring what it finds inconvenient to abide by (think of trademark laws, for example) would ignore the sanctions it signed onto? No I am not.
I expected from the China sanctions agreement exactly what I expected from Iran and the nuclear “deal” the Obama administration paid off so heavily to complete: signing a document, mouthing agreement and then doing whatever it wants.
The difference is that our current president, whatever his faults (and, yes, they are legion), isn’t going to sit back and either pretend it isn’t happening or find a way to rationalize it.
The Obama/Kerry “deal” released huge amounts of money for Iran to use any way it cared to, while looking the other way at its prolific support of international terrorism.
Trump, by contrast, is immediately publicly calling China out on its treachery, thus forcing the rest of the world to deal with it as well. And his doing so just might give China cause to worry about what the USA – aka China’s single largest trading partner – will do if it continues to behave this way.
Of these two approaches, I prefer the Trump’s. How about you?