The unusually personal nature of the editorial, together with comments delivered earlier that day by China's ambassador to the United Nations in NY, show that North Korea is becoming the main dispute threatening to tear at Mr Trump's initially friendly relationship with his Chinese counterpart, Mr Xi Jinping.
Trump on Saturday expressed frustration with China's behavior in the North Korea missile crisis, accusing it of not doing enough and seeming to raise the idea of reprisal against Beijing.
Last Friday, North Korea tested a ballistic missile that experts have said could have the range to hit California.
Confronting Beijing over trade would fit with Trump's campaign rhetoric, which included promises to bring back USA manufacturing jobs that he accused China of stealing.
While national level China-U.S. relations have suffered, that hasn't stopped the pursuit of bilateral relations at the sub-national level, including with individual states within the U.S.
Both China's Foreign Ministry and Commerce Ministry did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
In particular, China has proposed that North Korea freeze its nuclear and missile programmes in exchange for a halt to major military exercises by American and South Korean forces on the Korean Peninsula and off its coast.
"The Administration is considering invoking a little-used provision of United States trade law to investigate whether China's intellectual-property policies constitute unfair trade practices", The Wall Street Journal said.
"We have made consistent efforts to resolve the North Korean problem in a peaceful manner, but North Korea has ignored that entirely and escalated the situation in a one-sided way", Abe said in Tokyo. "At least I know China tried!" "An additional Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the worldwide pressure on North Korea is of no value".
He also addressed reports of North Korea launching missiles in May, asserting that North Korea had shown the Chinese "great disrespect" and that China was "trying hard" to get them to stop.
The United States has a long list of grievances about China on trade, including accusations of steel dumping and theft of us intellectual property. Waiting for Washington to debate actions that we should be taking against North Korea is no longer an option. He reiterated China's support for a proposal to freeze North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the USA and South Korea halting large-scale military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.