CHINA QUICKLY REBUFFS TRUMP’S TWITTER ATTACK

China has rebuffed Donald Trump’s latest Twitter attack after the US president accused Beijing of doing little to help force North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to abandon his nuclear ambitions.

Speaking in Beijing alongside the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, claimed a responsible China had “devoted a lot of energy and effort over the years” to resolving the North Korean issue.

“The tremendous and important efforts that China has made are visible to all,” he told a press conference, urging all parties, “including our friends from the United States”, to tackle the situation in a cool-headed manner.

Wang made no direct reference to Trump, who has repeatedly used Twitter to criticise China on issues including alleged currency manipulation, climate change and the South China Sea.

His comments came just hours after the US president launched his latest social media salvo against Beijing, accusing China’s leaders of not doing enough to persuade their longtime ally into giving up his missile and nuclear programmes.

Speaking in Beijing alongside the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, claimed a responsible China had “devoted a lot of energy and effort over the years” to resolving the North Korean issue.

Wang made no direct reference to Trump, who has repeatedly used Twitter to criticise China on issues including alleged currency manipulation, climate change and the South China Sea.

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