Trump to press China for tougher approach to North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2017

"The clock has now run out and all options are on the table for us".

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is ratcheting up the urgency over North Korea's nuclear pursuit ahead of President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping's first meeting, with a senior USA official warning that the "clock has now run out" on Pyongyang.

Ahead of the key summit, Chinese and United States officials held talks to ensure that the first summit is a complete success amid tough assertions by Mr Trump that Washington will act alone if Beijing failed to take a tougher stand against North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

The April 28 meeting on non-proliferation and North Korea will be "timely" following a US-China summit this week, US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Sunday.

Trump has said he expects the meeting to be a hard one given his belief that China has taken advantage of USA trade policies to help its economy and hurt U.S. job creation.

In true Trump clipped speech, he "elaborated": "That is all I am telling you".

However, Keane's statements to The Times indicate that he's lost faith in diplomacy as a tool: "Our last three presidents spanning over 20 years have failed to stop the North Korean nuclear program", he said. To move North Korea into the success column, Trump needs to ensure Xi Jinping recognizes North Korea is a USA priority, that we are willing to work with China's security interests, and that the USA will keep its eye on the ball and not blink. "There's a lot of nervousness built into the market, but Trump's comments that we're going to get rid of "horrible" regulations is bullish for stocks", Adam Sarhan, CEO of 50 Park Investments, told CNBC.

Xi also is not expected to play golf with Trump in Florida as Abe did. "It´s not yet clear whether. this is a White House that wants to fundamentally reset the terms of the relationship or tinker at the edges and declare a public relations win", said a China expert at a Washington business lobby who asked not to be named.

He will meet with Trump from April 6 to 7, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

In 2015, Blackwill co-authored a paper, widely read in Washington, calling for a new "grand strategy" aimed at containing China's rise. "Contrast that with the Chinese". FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. North Korea's state media has also said the world will soon witness what it calls "eventful successes" the country achieves in the space development. With an administration friendly to coal, a new No. 2 at the Environmental Protection Agency who was until recently the lobbyist of the largest privately owned coal company in the United States, and with a Senate majority leader coming from the coal state of Kentucky, this should not be an uphill battle.

In a sense, Trump is correct. He added that Xi will "present Trump with a fait accompli that this is the new style of great power relations". In his first week, Trump signed an executive order pulling the United States out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Obama touted as an alternative to the Chinese trade model. -Chinese economic relationship and has suggested American companies find alternatives to a system he blames for job losses and a trade deficit with China of nearly $350 billion previous year. Despite tensions on trade, China offers Americans economic opportunities.

"In my view, economic globalization. delivers benefits to all", Xi said in Lima.

Trump did not send a representative to Davos, which took place days before he was sworn in - aides said he viewed the gathering as a betrayal of his populist campaign message. "I would not be surprised if that came up in conversation", the official said.

It is a region, however, where the United States retains tremendous leverage due to its vast alliance relationships "that have withstood the test of time", compared to China only being able to point to North Korea as a significant ally, said Kazianis on the same VOA program. So Trump's team will look to project him as "presidential" in foreign policy.

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