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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump speak after their meeting Thursday.

China resists US calls for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Xi wants to let sanctions work, but Trump says time is running out

TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA and OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writers | China

BEIJING -- The U.S. strategy to back North Korea into a corner remains incomplete after President Donald Trump met with East Asian leaders this week, as China balked at the more forceful approach accepted by Japan and South Korea.

Trump appears ready to do more than wait for economic sanctions to take their toll on the North, telling Chinese President Xi Jinping in talks Thursday that the countries must go beyond their current strategy of applying pressure peacefully.

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