Donald Trump or his administration may have trouble answering the blatant contradiction of wanting President Xi Jinping’s China to “help with North Korea” while blockading Chinese exports to the US. Photo: AP

Trump will need more than rhetoric to deal with North Korea and China

Donald Kirk says while trade with China may not be the top issue for the new US president keen on destroying Obama’s legacy, Kim Jong-un is unlikely to give him time to consider his options

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Donald Trump or his administration may have trouble answering the blatant contradiction of wanting President Xi Jinping’s China to “help with North Korea” while blockading Chinese exports to the US. Photo: AP
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.