President Trump acknowledged the complexity and political sensitivity of the relationship between China and North Korea this week after Chinese President Xi Jinping explained the countries' relationship to him.
Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he was previously convinced China had "tremendous power" over North Korea. But after meeting with Xi last week, Trump said he "realized it's not so easy."
"After listening for 10 minutes, I realized itâ€™s not so easy,â€ť Trump said. â€śI felt pretty strongly that [China] had a tremendous power over North Korea. But itâ€™s not what you would think.â€ť
Ahead of his meeting with Xi last week, Trump vowed to pressure the Chinese leader to take a tougher approach to North Korea.
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