China's State Media to Trump: Stop 'Emotional Venting' on Twitter

Xinhua agency says US president is 'pouring oil on the flames' regarding North Korea
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2017 9:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump's tweets have raised an eyebrow or several, but one country is officially rolling its eyes. The New York Times notes that China has long bitten its tongue whenever Trump has blasted its policies and actions. But a pair of Trump tweets over the weekend, in which he noted he was "disappointed" with China in how it's done "NOTHING" about the North Korea's nuclear program, appears to have been the last straw. "Trump is quite a personality, and he likes to tweet," was the retort Monday in a 1,000-word editorial put out by Xinhua, China's official state news agency. "But emotional venting cannot become a guiding policy for solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula." The editorial went on to say Trump's "outrage" is directed toward the "wrong target," and that the US shouldn't "stab China in the back."

By Trump taking to Twitter instead of taking responsibility for North Korea itself, he's simply "adding kindling or, even worse, pouring oil on the flames." The Times notes this latest conflagration could weaken what was a friendly start to Trump's relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. China's ambassador to the UN said Monday that "no matter how capable China is, China's efforts will not yield practical results because it depends on the two principal parties"—underscoring China's belief that the US and ally South Korea should perhaps pull back on military exercises on and near the Korean Peninsula to get North Korea to play ball. The South China Morning Post notes Trump appeared to accept more responsibility on Monday. "We'll handle North Korea," the president said during a Cabinet meeting. "We're going to be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything." (Read more China stories.)

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