Donald Trump's North Korea sets tone for US-China summit

In an interview with the Financial Times, Trump said: "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will".

Trump even memorably declared at a campaign rally last summer: "I'm going to be working for you - I'm not going to have time to go play golf".

April 4 US stocks were little changed on Tuesday, trading in a tight range, as investors fretted over the ability of President Donald Trump to deliver on his policy plans, and ahead of his potentially tense meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Another report due at the same time is one on US construction spending, which is likely to show a 1 percent rebound in February, after a 1 percent fall in January.

Asked what incentive the United States had to offer China, Mr Trump replied: 'Trade is the incentive. "China is willing to work alongside the United States to enhance dialogue and properly address disagreements on the basis of mutual benefits and cooperation", the MOC statement added.

Speaking in South Korea last month, Tillerson warned that the USA would leave the option of military action on the table with regard to North Korea.

"From now on those who break the rules will face the consequences, and there will be very severe consequences", Trump said announcing two executive orders in the Oval Office.

One North Korea researcher in China does not believe the Trump administration is in a position to take military action, especially in only its third month.

South Korea's trade data for March released over the weekend added to the evidence of improving global demand, with exports rising more than expected.

But China says its influence over North Korea's government is limited. Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the US, is forging a personal relationship with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, according to a diplomatic source. Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies said the North is likely to hold off any provocative acts until after the Trump-Xi meeting.

One may ask: Is it really possible for the United States and China to negotiate solutions to all of their outstanding economic issues? Several U.S. presidents have tried negotiating, pressuring and threatening Pyongyang to convince it to abandon the weapons program, to no avail.

Trump has often indicated he will have a combative and distrustful approach to relations with Beijing, although his tone has softened somewhat in recent weeks.

The most obvious result was that Russian products, including food and medicine, have started rapidly replacing Chinese goods at North Korea's local unofficial markets since late 2014, as they are generally seen to be of better quality at cheaper prices, according to sources inside the country. Some experts believe Kim Jong-un may have been referring to the KN-08 in his speech on January 1, 2017 signaling an ICBM test launch soon.

Of course to obtain this concession from North Korea, the USA would have to be prepared to make genuine compromises.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans express more negative attitudes toward China than do Democrats, Pew found, noting that 71% of Republicans feel job losses to China are a very big problem, compared to 47% of Democrats. "It is quite afraid of pushing too hard and causing massive chaos and a refugee crisis on its borders".

In a commentary on Friday, Rodong Sinmun accused the US of having crossed a red line by deploying Gray Eagle attack drones at the Kunsan air base on South Korea's west coast.

"(The government) has to stand ready to sternly respond militarily, diplomatically and economically should the North set off provocations", he said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also suggested the USA could show good faith by reducing its military presence in South Korea - something Pyongyang sees as a constant threat of invasion. "It is technology, not trade, that explains the vast majority of lost jobs in the manufacturing sector in the U.S. since the mid-1990s".

  • Zachary Reyes