Trump keeps it friendly with Xi at G20 on North Korea threat

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Saul Loeb, Pool

By Jeff Mason | HAMBURG Sun Jul 9, 2017 | 9:07am EDT

U.S. President Donald Trump took a conciliatory tone on Saturday at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping where the leaders agreed to keep working on two pressing issues: the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and bilateral trade irritants.

Trump campaigned in last year’s presidential election on cracking down on China for its trade practices, but he softened his rhetoric after taking office, saying he wanted to work with China on the nuclear issue.

When the two leaders first met in April at Trump’s Florida resort, they appeared to hit it off. Trump called Xi a “good man” as he urged him to use Beijing’s economic clout to force North Korea to curb its nuclear weapons program.

Lately, Trump has expressed some impatience on China’s role in North Korea – particularly after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe could have the range to reach Alaska, and parts of the U.S. West Coast.

His administration made new arms sales to Taiwan, imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens and a shipping company and put China on a global human trafficking list. It also accused a Chinese bank of laundering money for Pyongyang.

The White House is also debating trade actions against Beijing, including tariffs on its steel exports and a few days before the G20 talks, Trump complained that trade between China and North Korea had grown.

But he showed none of that impatience on Saturday, when the leaders met at the invitation of Xi at the tail end of the G20 in Germany.

“It’s an honor to have you as a friend,” Trump told Xi, telling him he appreciated actions he had already taken on North Korea.

“As far as North Korea is concerned, we will have, eventually, success. It may take longer than I’d like. It may take longer than you’d like. But there will be success in the end one way or the other,” Trump said.

Speaking to reporters later on Air Force One, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump-Xi meeting lasted over an hour-and-a-half, and they had “substantive discussions” about how to deal with North Korea together.

“In regards to China, we had very direct discussions about North Korea. We had very direct discussions about military and security cooperation,” Mnuchin said.

“I think that President Trump made very clear to President Xi that he is focused on this issue, and wants to move forward and make progress. And I think President Xi gave a very interesting perspective from their standpoint,” he added.


For his part, Xi told Trump that stronger China-U.S. ties were conducive to stability and prosperity amid global conflicts, and had made “new progress” in some areas “despite some sensitive issues”, Xi said, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Xi stressed the importance of talks with North Korea, and said China’s navy will join next year’s U.S.-led Pacific Rim military exercises.

Xinhua said Xi stressed to Trump China’s position that it adheres to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and maintaining peace and stability there.

While China has been angered by North Korea’s repeated nuclear and missile tests, it also blames the United States and South Korea for worsening tension with their military exercises.

“China has many times talked about its principled position, namely that at the same time as the international community making necessary responses to North Korean acts that go against U.N. Security Council resolutions, they must step up efforts to promote talks and manage and control the situation,” Xinhua said, citing Xi.

Xi also reiterated China’s opposition to the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, Xinhua said. China says THAAD threatens its security, despite U.S. and South Korean assurances it is aimed only at defending against North Korea.

Both leaders agreed to maintain close communication and coordination on the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, Xinhua said.

In a statement released on Sunday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Xi and Trump had “enhanced mutual understanding” about the North Korea issue and “confirmed the broad direction of using peaceful means to resolve this issue”.

Trump also mentioned trade imbalances in his meeting with Xi, calling it a “very, very big issue” that he would address.

“I know that China in particular, which is a great trading partner, we will be able to do something that will be equitable and reciprocal,” Trump said.

Senior officials from both countries will meet in Washington on July 19 to discuss economic and trade issues.

(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing, Writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Robin Pomeroy, Alistair Bell and Himani Sarkar)

Source: Reuters “Trump keeps it friendly with Xi at G20 on North Korea threat”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


5 Comments on “Trump keeps it friendly with Xi at G20 on North Korea threat”

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  2. Simon says:

    India has and still is training North Korean aerospace scientists connected with the country’s nuclear and missile programs. Trump need to look at India and impose sanctions. This all make me think America is the one who are actually promoting the North Korean threats so di nothing to discourage India one of its lackey countries to help in that endeavor.


    • Fre Okin says:

      I also discovered India do not have much trade with NK. India relations with NK is I suspect to get uranium which NK have plenty of.

      Remember the Chinese rejection of India’s NSG membership application? India try very hard to get in but China block her because she hide her uranium enrichment in Challakere near Bengaluru, worst than the Iranians and N Koreans, so US give India a pass.

      NOW this Indian snake come back and Bite US by secretly giving NK the technology which she acquired from USSR/Russia to help NK Suddenly become ICBM capable.

      It is very hard to move the rocket canister on road mobile truck and the vibration upon launching can easily cause fuel leak and explosions as seen in many previous recent launch failures. I think US now suspect India is the Chief Culprit and should sanction India, US fake ally.


      • Simon says:

        NASA in recent years also assistsed India’s space program including the lunar probe and satellite launches, all this involve technology transfers. By helping India the Americans indirectly assisted North Korea through Indian transfer aerospace technology it learnt from NASA. The Americans know full well what is happening, they help create the North Korean threat to make themselves relevent in East Asia. Their real ambition is find whatever excuse to check Chinese influence. THAAD deployment is one of them.
        China should encourage North Korea to build ICBM to threaten America so the Yanks can reap what they sow.


  3. Fre Okin says:

    Trump probably suspect NK recent fast ICBM development was due to India, not Russia or China, so he continue to need Chinese help to prevent NK from improving further or someday help to shoot down NK missiles from the Chinese side to prevent it from making it’s way to US. It is impossible to shoot down NK ICBM from the ocean side as NK hide it from the sea by the mountainous range, launching from the Western side, giving the missiles sufficient time to get into space and head towards US.

    China have no interest to help NK to be able to hit US as it will worsen her relationship with US. Russia under sanction and do not want to risk further problem with US if caught doing so. Pakistan do not gain by helping NK, so only India is chief suspect in helping NK. India can do so by giving blueprint how to improve the rocket propellant and/or strengthen the rocket canister/riveting to prevent explosion as in multiple previous failure prior to this ICBM success. The ICBM rocket will shake violently in the initial launch period and the vibration can cause fuel leakage and thus explosion.

    NK need cutting edge metallurgy know how to strengthen the rocket canister and welding to prevent fuel leakage and explosion. India with her previous knowledge gained from USSR/Russia is the source of this blueprint by giving to NK via her embassy in New Delhi or in Pyongyang.

    Notice Xi have about an hour and half talk with Trump and Xi must have told Trump what he suspect about NK ICBM development. Trump don’t even have a sit down with India Modi suspecting Modi is a snake backstabbing US, so most likely from now on, US will be paying more attention to Indian mischief but it is probably impossible to catch India in the act of doing harm to US as diplomatic pouches are immune from electronic eavesdropping.