President Donald Trump’s tweets and "emotional venting" aimed at China over the weekend can’t serve as a substitute for substantive policy discussions, the country’s state news agency said late Monday.
The Xinhua New Agency responded critically following repeated statements by Trump on China’s unwillingness to help fix the current standoff with North Korea.
"Trump is quite a personality, and he likes to tweet,” Xinhua said in an editorial, as reported by the New York Times. “But emotional venting cannot become a guiding policy for solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula.”
After North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Sunday, Trump wrote on Twitter that he is "very disappointed with China."
"Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet… .they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk," Trump wrote Sunday. "We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!"
Xinhua’s rebuke of Trump warns against using using China as a scapegoat for America’s foreign policy challenges.
"Taking out this outrage on China is clearly finding the wrong target," Xinhua wrote.
The editorial calls for coming up with more practical actions, and warns the U.S. to not spurn responsibility with regards to North Korea.
"If you want to solve the nuclear issue on the peninsula, the parties concerned must come up with practical actions and sincerity, not shirk responsibility," Xinhua said.