Trump Meets World Leaders At G-20

Posted July 12, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. But Tillerson said this is a real impediment to U.S. -Russia relations but that the leaders had agreed to look for a way around it. The Japanese leader said he wanted to "demonstrate the robust partnership as well as the bonds" between Japan and the United States on the issue.

On the matter of whatever is to be done with Pyongyang, at least, the vulgarian president finds himself in respected company at last: Many North Korea experts are also uncertain about how the United States can persuade the belligerent dictatorship to end or freeze its nuclear-weapons program.

It can be recalled that Donald Trump's frustration over China has grown since North Korea launched an intercontinental missile, in which some experts say might reach other parts of the United States west coast, like Alaska. Trump doesn't appear to have given up on the relationship despite recent posts on Twitter blasting China for not moving fast enough to rein in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On Thursday, Russia objected to a Security Council condemnation of North Korea's missile launch because the USA. -drafted statement labelled it an ICBM, a designation Moscow disagrees with.

Beijing worries the system's powerful radars could be trained on China, though the United States insists THAAD is purely defensive and exclusively to address the threat of North Korea. Although China claims to have cut back on coal imports from North Korea, trade between them rose 37.4% in the first quarter of the year, according to Chinese government statistics.

North Korea offered a rare admission that global sanctions are having a detrimental effect on society, but it remains to be seen whether the increased pressure will deter the regime from continuing its weapons development programs.

Tension has been high as the USA administration under President Donald Trump and the North's regime under leader Kim Jong-Un have exchanged hostile rhetoric for months. Russian Federation has often backed China in UN Security Council negotiations, but during the Obama administration it was far less engaged on North Korea than Beijing.

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade and is a major supplier of oil for the country.

Xi said during the meeting that "sensitive issues remain" in the China-U.S. relationship and more work needed to be done.

But deep skepticism about Russian Federation in the U.S. and ongoing investigations into whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow during last year's election have made a U.S. -Russia detente politically risky for Trump. The discussions included the issue of cutting off finances to North Korea and ways of dealing together with Pyongyang, he said. From North Korea's point of view, having nuclear weapons makes it untouchable by the United States in addition to showing the North Korean public that Kim Jong Un can keep his country safe from "western imperialists".

On non-military issues, Xi said a 100-day action plan put into place after his April summit at Trump's Mar-a-logo estate in Florida is bearing fruit and a further year-long plan is being considered, Xinhua reported. In a written statement, she said reports of Trump's meeting with the Russian leader "leave the American people asking why the President continues to fawn over Putin instead of standing up for the integrity of America's democracy". Trump and Xi have talked by phone several times, while Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has spoken with Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the U.S.

While China has been angered by North Korea's repeated nuclear and missile tests, it also blames the US and South Korea for worsening tensions with their military exercises.