What China wants with summit (and why it makes Trump nervous)

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June 5, 2018 - 11:00 PM

WASHINGTON (TNS) — In the head-snapping drama of the off-again, on-again U.S.-North Korea summit, the unpredictable lead actors, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, hold center stage.

But off in the wings, China is controlling some of the key action — and may help dictate the ending.

Until recently, Beijing seemed to share Washington’s growing worry about Pyongyang’s increasingly powerful nuclear tests and ballistic missiles. Armed with a United Nations resolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping began squeezing his Communist “little brother” with the toughest economic sanctions ever.

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