Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea,Thursday, July 6, 2017, to celebrate the test launch of North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile two days earlier. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
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U.S. President Donald Trump's hopes for China's help with restraining North Korea appear to have gone nowhere, with the two sides growing further apart as their approaches and concerns diverge. China shows no sign of caving to U.S. pressure to tighten the screws on North Korea, while the North's recent missile tests have done little to rattle Beijing, in contrast to the anxiety sparked in Washington. North Korea continued to test missiles and China continued to keep open, and even expand, economic channels with the North.Washington's U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Wednesday that China's trade with the U.S. could suffer if it didn't help following North Korea's successful launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile.The U.S. has already blacklisted one Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea and is penalizing a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese individuals accused of facilitating illegal activities by the North. That China sees relatively little reason to act on North Korea is borne out also in its concern that events on the Korean Peninsula are overshadowing other aspects of the U.S.-China relationship.
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