Schiff: Don't pressure China on North Korea "in a way that forces them to resist us"

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump rails against FBI, impeachment during Pennsylvania rally Democrats reach cusp of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) called for caution on pressuring China on the growing crisis on the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, saying the U.S. must not push the Chinese so hard that they resist negotiations. 

"Something has to be offered to the Chinese to induce them. We can't confront them in a way that forces them to resist us," Schiff told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." 

Schiff's comments came before President Trump was set to speak on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, following North Korea's announcement that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday. 


The United States has complained that China, North Korea's biggest trading partner and the source of nearly all its energy, has been slow to condemn Pyongyang's advancing nuclear weapons program. 

Xi neglected to mention North Korea's recent actions during the BRICS summit in China. 

China's stance on North Korea has earned the country the wrath of Trump, who has publicly lambasted the country for not taking a more aggressive stance. 

"North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success," the president tweeted on Sunday. 

Trump also threatened to halt trade with countries that trade with North Korea, a list that includes China. 

China, along with the rest of the United Nations Security Council, backed new sanctions on North Korea in August.