Economy China applies its own maximum pressure policy on Pyongyang Updated : April 07, 2018 12:55 PM IST Beijing appears to have gone well beyond UN sanctions on its unruly neighbour, reducing its total imports from North Korea in the first two months this year by 78.5 and 86.1% in value. The figures suggest that instead of being sidelined while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his surprising diplomatic overtures to Seoul and Washington. Trade with China is absolutely crucial to North Korea's survival. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.