the US and China gear up for a high level meeting on North Korea, a tweet from Donald Trump could be the elephant in the room. The US President saying Tuesday night that Chinese efforts to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program have failed. Ramping up the rhetoric after the death of American student Otto Warmbier who slipped into a coma while being held prisoner in North Korea.
It's an unexpected turn from Trump who's recently been getting friendly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. U.S. officials telling Reuters that it caught them off guard giving Beijing's importance in applying pressure to the regime. But it looks like there may be strain on both sides. Just before Trump's tweet, Chinese state media put out an editorial saying Beijing has done all it can to break the stalemate with North Korea.
And that even after Warmbier's death, China will by no means act as a US ally when it comes to pressuring Pyongyang. The U.S. is expected to push for more sanctions against the North when Chinese and American officials meet in Washington on Wednesday. The message from Chinese media, just make sure that doesn't have an impact on Beijing.