China's Xi To Trump: Hopes US Handles Taiwan Issue Appropriately
00:27, Jul 7, 2017
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But at the same time, the broadcaster said relations had also been affected "by some negative factors". Tensions have also been raised over Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, with a U.S. destroyer sailing within 12 nautical miles of one of the Paracel Islands on Sunday.
This para reflects the serious concern of President Donald Trump over the rising nuclear and missile capacity of North Korea, which would soon acquire the capacity to strike at mainland US.
"We're going to do very well", Mr. Trump told reporters as he responded to shouted questions about his plans to address North Korea's escalation as he left the White House on Wednesday to begin the trip. That's the way to end North Korea's nuclear program.
Until recently, American officials had been describing China as a partner in their strategy to prevent North Korea from developing the ability to strike the USA mainland with nuclear weapons. China has also been concerned that a reunited, democratic Korea - dominated by South Korea - would put a US ally, and possibly USA forces, on its border.
The US media reported end June that President Trump was growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and was considering possible trade actions against Beijing, including tariffs on steel imports.
Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of expected meetings with the leaders of Asia's two biggest economies at a Group of 20 nations summit in Germany later this week.
Abe praised Trump for the recent US sanctions on the small Bank of Dandong over its alleged support for North Korea's nuclear program, according to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The American president called in part to advance talks on curbing North Korea'snuclear weapons program, which have progressed little since Xi's sunny April visit to Trump's Florida resort.
China's foreign ministry accused the U.S. of violating Chinese sovereignty and disrupting "peace, security and order of the relevant waters" after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Stethem sailed Sunday within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of tiny Triton island, which is claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. There are a host of topics that are creating problems between the two nations, and China has been more vocal about its discontent with the USA in recent weeks. China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade. "The conversations demonstrate that China is still willing to talk with Mr Trump and work with the United States government to deal with North Korea's nuclear issues".
Tweet: While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out.
Mr Trump met Mr Moon at the White House on Friday.
The United States and China have clashed recently over Washington'sarms sale to Taiwan, among other issues.
During and after a Florida summit with Xi in April at Mar-a-Lago, Trump praised his Chinese counterpart for agreeing to work on the North Korea issue and has held back on attacking Chinese trade practices he railed against during the presidential campaign.
Mr Trump also spoke with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan about North Korea, and they highlighted "their unity with respect to increasing pressure on the regime to change its unsafe path", the administration said.
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