President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping must have been a success, after all he seems to have convinced China to take on North Korea.
Trump tweeted about China’s decision to flex their military muscles towards North Korea:
I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017
China has even ordered training companies to return North Korean coal cargo:
China’s customs department has issued an official order telling trading companies to return their North Korean coal cargoes, said a trading source at Dandong Chengtai Trade Co., the biggest buyer of coal from the isolated country.
Following repeated missile tests that drew international criticism, China banned all imports of North Korean coal on Feb. 26, cutting off the country’s most important export product.
The source at Dandong Chengtai said the company had 600,000 tons of North Korean coal sitting at various ports, and a total of 2 million tons was stranded at various Chinese ports, waiting to be returned.
Not only are they returning the coal from North Korea, but China is now buying its coal from the United States. That’s gotta be just a huge shot to the ego of Kim
To make up for the shortfall from North Korea, China has ramped up imports from the United States in an unexpected boon for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has declared he wants to revive his country’s struggling coal sector.