President Trump Revises North Korea Policy to Increase Pressure on China

Chinese President Xi Jinping left and U.S. President Donald Trump

On the topic of trade issues, the White House statement said that "President Trump reiterated his determination to seek more balanced trade relations with America's trading partners", indicating his dissatisfaction with the lack of improvement in the US's trade deficit with China.

"The two leaders also discussed a range of other regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest, and affirmed that they look forward to meeting at the G20 in Hamburg, Germany", the White House said.

Xi said he hoped the U.S. president will "properly handle" Taiwan issues in accordance with the "One China" principle.

China has repeatedly stated its opposition to the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system and has called for its deployment to stopped, and the missiles already installed to be removed.

In his conversation with Prime Minister Abe, the White House said Trump reiterated the USA was ready to defend Japan in the event of any North Korean aggression.

The conversation between the two leaders came a day after a U.S. missile destroyer sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the disputed South China Sea.

In a speech on 28 June however, McMaster explained that the North Korea problem is of greater urgency than ever before, and that Trump has ordered him to consider all possible measures, including military.

"China's position on the Syrian issue has been consistent", said Xi.

"Meanwhile, bilateral relations have also been affected by some negative factors, for which the China side has expressed its position to the USA side".




Trump decided in late June to consider tougher sanctions against a dozen or so Chinese companies and individuals helping North Korean companies involved in the weapons development programs, according to a US government source.

Trump's expressed determination to have "more balanced trade relations" with China and other major trading partners has taken concrete form in the threat of U.S. sanctions against foreign steel.

The U.S. then backed the sale of $1.5 billion in weapons to Taiwan, considered a breakaway province by China.

The U.S. has said the deal is no threat to the One-China-Principle.

The gesture of Washington, just before the telephone conversation Trump-Xi scheduled in advance, seems to confirm the hardening of relations between the two powers, after the efforts of reconciliation expressed in April during the summit of Mar-a-Lago in Florida between the two men.

Mr Trump met Mr Moon at the White House on Friday.

Triton Island is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. Any agreement over North Korea, however, appears unlikely as Chinese officials have repeatedly urged the U.S. to do more to ease tensions and pave the way for talks to defuse the standoff. The ministry called on USA officials to cancel the deal, saying it would be harmful to China's sovereignty.

Washington had also announced Thursday that sanctions against a chinese bank, the Bank of Dandong, accused of having facilitated transactions for the benefit of businesses related to the development of north Korean ballistic missiles. The Pentagon has carried out a massive military build-up in North East Asia and developed plans to attack North Korea, which would trigger a catastrophic conflict that could draw in other major powers, including China and Russian Federation.

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