'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade

Trevor Jackson
April 12, 2017

The informal, non-binding two-day summit was held in the rather unorthodox location of Trump's luxurious oceanfront resort, Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.

"The President underscored the need for China to take concrete steps to level the playing field for American workers, stressing repeatedly the need for reciprocal market access".

"I think their interests can converge here".

Taking action against North Korea has been a sticking point in US talks with the Chinese.

Mark Feierstein, who served in the National Security Council under President Barack Obama, said it's hard to glean a direction for US policy from Trump's actions in Syria because Trump "is not moored to any coherent ideology or set of ideas".

In an outcome likely to play well in China, state news agency Xinhua said that US and Chinese officials initiated new dialogue mechanisms on economic issues, as well as security and diplomatic issues, in what appeared to be a reimagining of the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue held under President Barack Obama.

He said that the two sides agreed to increase cooperation and work with the worldwide community to convince North Korea to peacefully resolve the issue and abandon its illicit weapons programs.

"We think it is a missed opportunity that the most pressing global problem of our time was not on the agenda of the most important bilateral relationship in the world", said Li Shuo, a climate energy campaigner at Greenpeace China.

Earlier this year, China called on both North Korea and the U.S. to tone down tension on the Korean Peninsula - North Korea by suspending its nuclear weapons program and the USA by stopping military exercises with South Korea that inflame the Pyongyang regime.

China and the USA agreed that Pyongyang's programmes are a serious problem, but have not seen eye-to-eye on how to respond. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Trump then met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and chose to act.

Petersburg bombing: Several people arrested, explosive defused during raid
One of those stations was closed by a bomb threat Tuesday and again on Wednesday as officials checked for anything suspicious. The attack in Saint Petersburg is the first in several years to hit a major city in Russian Federation .

US aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has been diverted to the Western Pacific instead of sailing from Singapore to Australia, the navy said, amid escalated tensions on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Despite Trump's "America First" campaign rhetoric and his 2013 warnings to Obama, Trump hesitates to ever appear weak, and Assad's attack on Tuesday violates a deal struck under the Obama administration in which Assad agreed to remove his stockpile of chemical weapons.

The two leaders established US-China Comprehensive Dialogue, elevating their dialogue status. "We will be making additional progress". The New York Magazine report noted that Trump going against Bannon's opinion seems to suggest his waning influence in the White House.

After two days of meetings, which included chief strategist Steve Bannon and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in front positions, what have we learned?

"Our goal long-term has got to work with countries around the world".

President Xi says there are a thousand reasons for the two nations to work together -and there are a host of issues Xi is committed to.

China's top nuclear envoy may also deliver his country's opposition to the installation of the missile defense system, called the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) here.

The airstrikes, announced shortly after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up dinner at a two-day summit in Florida last week, were retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war.

"But in return, the United States must do something that the Chinese want us to do, which is to engage in direct negotiations with Kim", he said.

In this context, one of the optimistic interpretations of Trump's positions asserts that tough rhetoric toward China is part of a negotiated strategy aimed at obtaining concessions such as improving access for USA exporters and investors in China.

The most the United States seems willing to do now is to try to ensure no further encroachment by China in other island and reef chains by suggesting it will not follow the Obama pattern of largely ignoring such expansion of China's military reach. The summit was overshadowed by United States missile strikes in Syria.

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