Trump to Telephone Leaders of Japan and China

President Trump's Wednesday morning tweets, just ahead of his trip to Europe and (later this week) meetings with G-20 leaders, renewed his trade offensive, tweeting that the U.S. In that respect, the two leaders' recommitment to strive for a denuclearised Korean peninsula should be paramount.

China's Defence Ministry yesterday slammed the United States for seriously damaging peace and stability in the South China Sea after an American warship sailed near an island in the Paracels claimed by China.

Nikki Haley, Trump's United Nations ambassador, told an emergency session of the council Wednesday that the world must do more to "cut off the major sources of hard currency to the North Korean regime".

But the US thus far has avoided what sanctions experts describe as a logical escalation: secondary sanctions targeting banks and companies that do any business with North Korea - even legitimate transactions that aren't explicitly prohibited by U.N. Security Council resolutions.

"Negative factors" have affected Sino-US relations, and China has already expressed its position to the US, Xi told Trump, according to a read-out of a telephone call between the leaders carried by state television.

The ministry said Trump told Xi the USA government would continue to follow a "one China" policy, under which Washington acknowledges the Chinese position that there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it, and that this position had not changed.

Other U.S. decisions have recently drawn criticism from China. Yet there are significant risks, too, including the possibility of opening a new rift with Beijing that could complicate USA diplomatic efforts on other critical issues.

Trump's Signals to China
That global approach to trade may put China in conflict with Trump and his "America First" protectionist economic views. It also approved a $1.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province.

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.

Soon, though, those who were involved in the call put out word that Trump was actually trying to keep Beijing on its toes - that it wasn't an oversight at all and that he was briefed beforehand about the significance of that call.

Abe praised Trump for the recent USA 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.

North Korea conducts about 90 percent of its trade through China. "Things like this have been agreed on before as well".

In an audacious provocation, North Korea launched a ballistic missile on February 10 when President Trump was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his Florida resort.

A New York Times report published Thursday seemed mystified about where President Donald Trump got a statistic, only to confirm Trump was correct in the next paragraph.

Trump and his top aides have done little to hide their irritation over what they see as the reluctance by China, North Korea's main economic partner, to tighten the screws on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs. The Post reported that the call "was the product of months of quiet preparations and deliberations among Trump's advisers about a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan that began even before he became the Republican presidential nominee, according to people involved in or briefed on the talks".

  • Sonia Alvarado