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President Trump had the right instinct to insist that China help resolve the nightmare problem of North Korea.Trump in his first months saw the need for a negotiated halt in North Korea's program. Even as Trump ratchets up the pressure, he should quietly urge China to take the lead in a diplomatic solution. He should continue to make clear to Beijing that its economic and security interests would be severely harmed if the U.S. is forced to address the North Korea problem on its own, militarily.Now, Trump feels burned that the Chinese couldn't stop Pyongyang's missile tests, and the White House wants Xi to take the lead.Sources tell me that a milder trade deal worked out by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last month was scuttled by the White House, humiliating the Chinese, and Ross too, but sending the message that Trump is serious in demanding China's help on North Korea as the price of trade flexibility.The world is beginning to worry that Trump could go to war.
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