Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

As Kim visits China, Xi flaunts bargaining chip in trade dispute

President Donald J. Trump addresses the media Saturday President Donald J. Trump addresses the media Saturday
| 20 June, 2018, 01:48

Japan's Nikkei reported earlier on Tuesday that Kim could visit China as early as Tuesday. As NPR's Anthony Kuhn notes, Chinese state media have even publicly announced this third visit with Kim still in the country.

For an answer, look no further than the various negative reactions amplified in USA media to the Trump-Kim meeting.

Kim told Xi his summit with Trump "achieved results that are in line with the interests of all parties and the expectations of the worldwide communities", according to CCTV.

"They agreed to safeguard, consolidate and develop China-DPRK relations, and jointly push forward the sound momentum of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula to make a positive contribution to safeguarding world and regional peace, stability, prosperity and development", the agency said.

Xi urged the U.S. and North Korea to implement the agreements reached at the June 12 summit in Singapore, while Kim thanked Xi for his role in the diplomatic efforts, according to Chinese state media.

Geng was not forthcoming when asked whether China will join Russian Federation in calling for the lifting of United Nations sanctions against North Korea in the light of the Singapore summit.

Kim is visiting China and there is a reason for this, he said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang parried several questions on Kim's visit and its objective saying details will be released in a timely manner.


Tuesday's visit shows that "China is indispensable to the entire Korean nuclear issue", he said.

On Tuesday, the USA and South Korean militaries confirmed they have called off scheduled joint exercises following Trump's order. These reactions reflect - and expand upon - the harsh criticisms leveled at USA diplomats and officials who negotiated with North Korea over the past three decades, criticisms that have helped to hobble effective American diplomacy.

Kim's visit this time here is taking place amid escalating trade tensions between the United States and China with the two countries already announcing tariffs up to Dollars 50 billion each while Trump is threatening more sanctions.

Trump in the past has said Kim has changed his mind after his talks with Xi. In recent months, the Pentagon has branded China a "strategic competitor" and the administration has demanded that Xi roll back his "Made-in-China 2025" program to dominate advanced industries such as semiconductors to aerospace development.

In the intervening weeks, the two sides have exchanged several offers and counter offers - with China pledging to buy tens of billions of dollars of US energy and agricultural products each year - only for the threats and retaliation to resume.

Analysts saw the summit outcome as a sign of China's influence.

According to Tsang, China's main priorities during these talks will be to find a way to guarantee they are not sidelined in finding a solution over the Korean Peninsula and to ensure Kim does not make a deal with the U.S.at the expense of Beijing.

"Our government hopes China will play a constructive role in resolving this problem", ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-deok told a regular briefing.

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