All options are on the table, U.S. on NKorea

Both have a long way to come to meet in the middle.

Enter Donald Trump, who rarely stays on message and regularly bashes China on Twitter.

He said it reflected the US top diplomat's "insufficient briefing and insufficient preparation and a lack of sophistication about the technicalities of US-China relations".

For Xi, the meeting represents an opportunity to establish a personal rapport with Trump and potentially stave off a trade war that threatens to make China's economic slowdown much more painful.

Xi is the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, and is flexing Chinese power in Asia on behalf of a nation still on the ascent. He took office at a time when United States power in Asia is seen to be ebbing, to China's advantage.

"There are definitely two ships unloading coal in that picture, so that port handles at least some coal", Scott LaFoy, a Washington-based satellite imagery analyst, told NK Pro.

Born in Beijing in 1953, Xi is the son of one of the Communist Party's founding fathers.

Trump, since coming to power in January, has been careful to assure Japan that the U.S., which guarantees Tokyo's security, has its back in the face of North Korean provocations. "We need to balance the interest of each side".

But Xi likely won't be participating in any golf diplomacy when he holds his first face-to-face meeting with the new American president this week.

On Wednesday, while filming on the Great Wall of China at Badaling, near Beijing, I met Stephanie Drew.

Trump has his own reasons to hope for a successful summit. Test, fail, test, fail, test, succeed. "We want to have a good start". And he warned ahead of the summit that it could be a rocky one because of what he sees as disparities in the economic relationship.

But with the Trump administration pushing a trade agenda aimed at reducing US trade deficits, particularly those with China, experts said that they expect the Trump administration to consider changes aimed at deterring future manipulations.

The U.S. Treasury would have to radically change its definitions of currency manipulation in order to squeeze China into that label for its next report due April 14, said these experts, several of whom contributed to past Treasury analysis of foreign exchange practices.

At the same time, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an unusually stark statement, "The United States has spoken enough about North Korea".

Will Trump's unpredictability help him?

Swift said a military response remained among those options.

"The Chinese have been dealing with a very hard situation with the Trump administration", said J. Stapleton Roy, former US ambassador to China who has met every top Chinese leader since Mao Zedong's successor, Hua Guofeng.

While Trump enters first U.S. But he said Trump's more forceful approach may now be necessary. "We have no further comment".

While the two leaders have talked a few times earlier, this will be the first time that they will meet, he added.

"From the Chinese point of view, there is real uncertainty about what to expect from Trump".

"I've joked before that they don't mind being hated but they definitely hate to be ignored", Cossa said. They think Trump is smarter than he seems.

  • Leroy Wright