Vice President Joe Biden raised concern over China’s oil and gas drilling in the South China Sea by calling for an investigation into how Beijing plans to fuel its economies with North Korean oil supplies, according to a new report from The Intercept.
Citing U.S. diplomatic cables and the contents of a closed-door meeting with China’s top diplomat, Zhang Yesui, in the wake of President Trump’s tariffs on some $250 billion in Chinese imports, a knowledgeable source told The Intercept that Mr. Biden criticized China for its plans to buy oil and natural gas from North Korea to meet its energy needs. He asked the Chinese to stop “unilaterally and unilaterally” drilling for oil on China’s doorstep.
“As long as China blocks demand in the global market for American oil, it will be forced to export more to itself,” Mr. Biden told Mr. Zhang. “This is a serious problem, and it’s a problem right now. So you are really on the spot on this issue,” Mr. Biden reportedly said.