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U.S. President Donald Trump's surprisingly restrained reaction to North Korea's latest ballistic missile test has left many observers wondering what his next move will be.Chinese leaders might interpret overly aggressive secondary boycotts as being aimed not only at North Korea, but at China, too.Any diplomatic effort to denuclearize North Korea must also alleviate China's geostrategic concerns about the future of the Korean Peninsula.Unless the North Korea problem is separated from the strategic competition between the U.S. and China, diplomatic efforts will continue to fail. So, Trump could promise China that his administration will not seek regime change in North Korea, and instead offer security guarantees if North Korea denuclearizes. Trump could then demand that, in exchange, China cooperate wholeheartedly on sanctions and other efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions. If Trump can strike simultaneous deals with China and North Korea, even his harshest critics will recognize his masterstroke.
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