Yahoo is now part of Oath "And after the summit, when Trump made the shock announcement that the US would stop its massive war games with South Korea -- a longtime Chinese goal -- it was clear that Beijing had made its mark on the proceedings." What China Wants On Trade And North Korea "YUN: Well, China does want the Singapore summit to happen because the summit will represent the de-escalation of the tension, which China sees as intrinsically in China's national interest." "back in 2017, it was President Trump who kept saying that if China helps us on North Korea, the trade deal they're going to get is going to be so much better. And guess what? The trade deal they feel that they're getting is not so much better. It's actually so much worse." https://www.quora.com/What-does-China-really-want-from-North-Korea " China needs a buffer zone between them and US-Japan-ROK alliance. DPRK is more and more aggressive, that’s why China seemed to align itself with Trump implementing sanctions against the regime. " China is a massive player in this whole thing. Without China, there is no deal with North Korea. What does China want? Firstly China wants the US out of the region. It'd be like the Soviets going to Cuba, and the US did everything it could to make sure that it didn't work out. China doesn't want tension in the region. Why not? Well, the North Koreans would try and leave North Korea in the even of a war and would end up in China, causing China problems. Secondly China doesn't want the US on its border, which would happen is North and South Korea united in some way, either through war or through peaceful means. So they'd only let reunification happen if the US was out of the picture totally. Thirdly Trump is playing with trade deals. The Chinese know that Trump is in line for an election campaign in two years, and the midterms, which impact Trump massively happen in 5 months. China can put so much pressure on Trump with tariffs that it'll be Trump losing supporters in November, not the Chinese who have no elections ever. Fourthly China doesn't particularly like North Korea, but it serves a purpose. However like a little brother who thinks he's got his older's protection, Kim might get too arrogant and China will use the US as a way of smacking him down. Pretending not to be around while the bully goes and scares the younger brother. No deal will be possible without China.