Can America Convince China to Subdue a Nuclear North Korea?

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

America should find a way to incentivize China to act, rather than try to shame or sanction it.

• Preemptive strikes on North Korea are, widely agreed, a bad option because Seoul is likely to be devastated in response. Hence it should be considered only as a last resort. It follows: the better option is to explore whether the United States can find way to incentivize China to act, rather than try to shame or sanction it.

Amitai Etzioni is a professor of international relations at The George Washington University. He served as senior advisor to the Carter White House. For additional details, see Amitai Etzioni’s Avoiding War with China.

Image: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson​

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