‘Only time will tell’ on improving US-China trade

The Massachusetts Democrat’s plan, outlined in a letter that was sent to Trump on the eve of his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, suggests that the USA should agree to direct talks with North Korea in exchange for China’s commitment to drastically escalate sanctions against Pyongyang if they fail to negotiate in good faith.

Trump aides who participated in the talks described a productive first meeting between the leaders, saying they exhibited “positive” chemistry.

“We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China” Trump said.

Ross said the meeting between the American and Chinese leaders went well, but “words are easy, discussions are easy, endless meetings are easy. He stressed that the main priority for now is avoiding the escalation in the country and protection of the crisis settlement process”, Lu said.

Despite his tough campaign talk, Trump has so far not followed through on his threat to formally brand China a “currency manipulator”, nor to hit Chinese imports with punitive tariffs.

Later, they plan a business meeting and dinner at a downtown Anchorage hotel before Xi returns to the airport for the 4,000-mile trip to Beijing.

Despite what some see as softened criticism of the United States attack on a Syrian airbase, Trump described his personal relationship with Xi as “outstanding”.

China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi says the discussions provided the setting of a constructive tone of China-U.S. relations. Beijing has said it prefers a multilateral approach, although over the six years of brutal war it has repeatedly used its veto power to vote with Russian Federation against U.N. Security Council resolutions on Syria, including a December 2016 plan for a seven-day cease-fire in Aleppo and, more recently, a call for sanctions over the use of chemical weapons.

The country’s Foreign Ministry called the airstrikes “absolutely unpardonable” and said it proves that its nuclear weapons are justified to protect the country against Washington’s “evermore reckless moves for a war”.

In turn, Xi knows that China’s economic prosperity is inseparable from America’s and is striving for a common understanding, it added.

Analysts had earlier said the strikes contained a clear message for Pyongyang that the United States was not afraid to exercise the military option, and there had been speculation as to how the North would respond.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, joined by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, right, speaks during a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla.

Both the USA and China were keen to understand the other’s positions at the first meeting of their leaders, and they had modest success, reaffirming the importance of keeping lines of communication open. McMaster said of the deployment on Fox News Sunday.

As if to underline the point, North Korean state media released photos of a smiling Kim inspecting a mushroom farm.

The Global Times, a Communist Party-controlled newspaper, viewed the missile strike as a projection of strength.

China’s nuclear envoy’s visit to Seoul comes as a USA navy strike group is due to move toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula.

The highly anticipated U.S.

The National Security Council has presented President Trump with options in response to North Korea’s nuclear program that include placing American nuclear weapons in South Korea, NBC News reported on Friday.

“They agreed to increase cooperation and work with the worldwide community to convince the DPRK to peacefully resolve the issue and abandon its illicit weapons programs”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said of the talks’ results.

“I think a first step could be getting North Korea to freeze all of its activities – no more nuclear testing, no more missile testing, get inspectors in to verify things”, Blinken said.

A woman walks past a television screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch at a railway station in Seoul. AFP  JUNG Yeon-Je