Result of Mar-a-Lago summit to determine N. Korea's next provocation

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a telephone call that North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch was "a risky provocation and a serious threat".

"Our last three presidents spanning over 20 years have failed to stop the North Korean nuclear program", he said, adding that he hopes Trump's team will succeed.

This will be the first meeting between Xi and Trump since the U.S. billionaire's inauguration as president.

President Donald Trump and his years-long rhetorical crusade against Chinese foreign trade abuses is finally colliding with the reality of face-to-face negotiation.

"North Korea has strategic value to China", said Shen Dingli, vice dean of global relations at Fudan University in Shanghai, and a frequent commentator on U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is photographed by a North Korean officer at the DMZ in Panmunjom, Korea. Although U.S. officials said the launch was a failure and didn't threaten North America, it underscored North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's intent to advance his weaponry in defiance of worldwide law.


North Korea has carried out several SLBM tests near Sinpo. A still-classified North Korea policy review reportedly focuses on tightening comprehensive pressure on Pyongyang rather than hastily launching a preemptive strike.

Trump discussed the issue Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The White House said Trump "made clear that the United States will continue to strengthen its ability to deter and defend itself and its allies with the full range of its military capabilities".

Former US officials and experts on China and worldwide trade said they were heartened to see that Trump had not made good on some of his boldest campaign pledges - like imposing double-digit tariffs on Chinese imports or labeling China a currency manipulator.

The development is ahead of a summit between USA and Chinese leaders who are set to discuss Pyongyang's increasingly defiant arms programme.

Trump, by contrast, has rejected any notion that free trade can work unless he adopts a more combative stance than his predecessors in the White House did.

"The conclusion among people like me from that seems to be that they're moving away from naming China", said Matthew Goodman, former Treasury official who wrote currency reports during the Clinton administration and is now at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. The devastation could be dramatic. "They all talk about being there", Eric Trump said. The two presidents come to the summit with very different experience in U.S.


But with the Trump administration pushing a trade agenda aimed at reducing US trade deficits, particularly those with China, experts said that they expect the Trump administration to consider changes aimed at deterring future manipulations. "As for the military option, we're moving there because Beijing, you've painted us into a corner". On the issue of stiffer US sanctions and pressure against the North, a US-China relations expert said on condition of anonymity, "This probably means tougher independent sanctions [by the US], but that won't have any effect without China actively going along".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing that the Chinese side was fine with having the meeting there. We'll be talking about trade and the economic relationship. "He said that the USA is ready for an alternative, in case China doesn't put enough pressure on Kim Jong-un's regime to abate its nuclear ambitions".

The missile in North Korea's latest launch didn't fly very far, but it may have been the second test of a technology that worries experts.

The regime has also siphoned money from its population inside the country by setting up department stores and selling cell phones, according to Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the U.S. -Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

For his part, Xi isn't expected to show up at Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida empty-handed. To sustain a positive relationship with China, the United States will need to continue our "one China" policy (which Trump briefly suggested was in play), work out economic deals that recognize China's legitimate worries, and undertake the very hard exploration of how our two countries can co-exist as huge Asia-Pacific military powers, with the USA having important alliances and major interests in Asia. A bilateral agreement ensued and has had some impact, though the problem persists. But how much will Trump be able to draw out of his counterpart? "China will join North Korea to a level that will prevent its collapse".

"You're looking at a situation where the North Koreans are particularly sophisticated", said Park. "China has done little to help!" No U.S. president can fail to address this national security threat firmly and quickly. -Chinese meetings in the 1970s, said an informal summit with Xi allows for strategy and red lines to be exchanged. But he anxious about Trump's knowledge of the issues and ability to negotiate solo.


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