Washington has praised the world’s second-largest economy for making progress in enforcing sanctions imposed on North Korea. But China’s current measures may just be a temporary move for its own gain.
Since Pyongyang’s first nuclear test in 2006, China has adopted the United Nations’ multiple resolutions against the rogue state. Doubts about enforcement have persisted, however, amid data revealing strong Sino-North Korean economic ties.
For instance, trade between the two countries reportedly rose 10.5 percent on-year to $2.55 billion in the first half of 2017. President Xi Jinping’s team attributed the increase to sectors excluded from sanctions.