Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping told US leader Donald Trump that resolving North Korea tensions should be achieved peacefully.

Xi's comments came after Trump tweeted that China should do more on an issue that Washington sees as an increasingly urgent threat, or else the US would go it alone.

Now it's fallen to China to deescalate the situation, with President Xi Jinping appealing to Trump.

Japan is reportedly preparing to send several warships to join the U.S. strike group in a joint show of force, two sources in Tokyo told Reuters.

Zhang Huizhi, an worldwide relations professor from Jilin University, said China was unlikely to accept Trump's offer to act tougher on North Korea in exchange for a USA trade deal.

Trump had repeatedly called on China to do more to rein in its "unruly neighbour", which stepped up its missile development and nuclear weapons programme since 2016, reported CNN.

Trump has often said that he doesn't like to publicly reveal military plans before acting on them. While its opinions are not directly those of the government, they are unlikely to run counter to the prevailing view in the party's upper echelons.

However, Wednesday's read-out was the first time China confirmed in detail that the two leaders had directly discussed North Korea, CNN commented. Trump tweeted today that North Korea is "looking for trouble" and indicated he was willing to work with China to solve the issue.

The ban followed strict, new sanctions imposed in November by the United Nations on North Korean coal exports, which China helped to draft and pass.

Foreign journalists in North Korea have reportedly been told to prepare for a "big and important event" on Thursday.

Bartiromo asked Trump if he believed Kim Jong-un was mentally fit to serve as the leader of North Korea.

North Korea launched a rocket carrying a satellite on April 13, 2012, marking the anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founding father Kim Il Sung.

"President Xi wants to do the right thing", Trump said during a White House press conference Wednesday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The North is technically at war with the United States and south Korea after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty. Very powerful - far more powerful than the air craft carrier, that I can tell you.

The US President tweeted that the call concerned "the menace of North Korea".

North Korea has issued a threat of a nuclear strike on the United States at any sign of American aggression.

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