Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 15, 2018

Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe And Mail: Vancouver summit risks angering China while it pressures North Korea on trade, critics warn

In the summer of 2017, Shuguang Kaixuan Mining Company went to court to defend itself against a creditor who wanted back nearly $40,000 lent to support the company's business of buying and selling North Korean mineral goods.

The dispute was longstanding, but this time Kaixuan had a new defence: It had no money, since the commodities it wanted to sell were stuck in North Korea.

"Because of the sanctions against North Korea, their normal work with iron ore has been halted," said Chen Weiguo, a lawyer for the company.

Over the course of a year in which North Korea claimed the successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb and a missile capable of reaching deep into North America, Beijing has responded with heavy new restrictions on the nuclear-armed renegade state.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 15, 2018

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