A Chinese official announced that China’s trade with North Korea increased to more than 10 percent in the January-June period from last year. U.S. President Trump announced last week that China’s trade with North Korea has grown almost 40 percent in the first quarter and is questioning on whether Beijing was helping to counter the threat from North Korea. In China’s defense, they are fully enforcing United Nations sanctions on nuclear armed North Korea and that there is nothing wrong with “normal” trade with Pyongyang.
China’s overall trade figures that total trade with North Korea expanded by 10.5 percent to $2.55 billion in the first 6 months of this year. Although China’s imports from North Korea dropped 13.2 percent to $880 million from January to June, exports to North Korea increased 29.1 percent to $1.67 billion. The exports were largely driven by textile products and other traditional labor-intensive goods not included on the United Nations embargo list.
China and North Korea has maintained normal business and trade exchanges bringing goods for ordinary people. The increase in numbers are not evidence that China is failing to enforce U.N. resolutions. North Korea imports were falling everyone month since March and China had also suspended imports of North Korean coal in February while imports of iron ore accord were brought by U.N. resolutions. For China to maintain normal economic relations with North Korea definitely doesn’t violate U.N. resolutions.