CHINA is concerned President Donald Trump could try to “cut them out” of a future deal with North Korea after the President announced that he would meet with Kim Jong-un.
President Donald Trump shocked the globe when he agreed to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Chinese president Xi Jinping announced he supported the meeting, set to go ahead before May, in a phone call with Mr Trump.
Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, warned China would demand to be involved in future negotiations between the pair.
She told Bloomberg: “Publicly China is supportive of dialogue, that is a stance that they have had in the past and the foreign ministry has said as much in the last day.
“I think the Chinese are always suspect and sceptical about direct talks between the United States and North Korea because they are a little bit wary or concerned that the United States may try and cut them out of any deal that involves the security of the Korean peninsula and long-term unification of the two Koreas.
“So the Chinese are on the one hand supportive but on the other hand they will want to be involved in any long-term discussions in the future.”
Chinese state media said President Trump and President Xi talked by phone earlier today, just hours after it was revealed Kim Jong-un will meet Mr Trump face-to-face.
The state-run news agency said Mr Xi told Mr Trump he hopes all sides can show goodwill and avoid doing anything that may affect or interfere with the improving situation on the Korean peninsula. And he also said he hoped China and the US would continue to work together economically.
China is North Korea's largest trading partners and one of their closest allies.