North Korea Missile Test Demonstrates Limits Of US Intelligence
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 23:55
On the agenda will be everything from trade to North Korea's nuclear threat.
Without US pressure, they argue, the problems will only worsen.
"The Trump administration can not accept a nuclear launch", he said. "We can not rely on our missile-defense system to defeat it and expose the American people to a nuclear attack".
Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its weapons development. Pyongyang has been working to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
While Trump would not say what he wants China to do specifically with regard to North Korea, he suggested there was a link between "terrible" trade agreements the US has made with China and Pyongyang's provocations. A long-standing option of pre-emptive strikes remains on the table, but the review "de-emphasizes direct military action", a senior USA official said. "We'll be talking about maritime issues and a variety of other areas of cooperation and areas where we want to cooperate more closely with China", Pottinger said, adding that North Korea is now a "strategic liability" for China.
"Up to this point I think it is fair to say. that economic and diplomatic efforts have not supported the progress people have been anticipating and looking forward to", U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said in Tokyo, where he was meeting Japanese Self Defence Force commanders and foreign ministry officials. USA exports of goods and services to China are found to have generated directly and indirectly more than 1.07 million jobs (650,000 jobs from exports of goods alone) in the U.S.in 2015.
South Korea is protected under an American security umbrella and is home to thousands of United States troops. As that danger nears, Trump's diplomacy with Xi will only grow in importance. That has been the foundation for U.S. Trump can give Xi some "face" on this by announcing that he's going to stop his China bashing - and hopes Beijing will follow suit. He's also said he is prepared to go it alone on North Korea if China isn't willing to exert pressure on its neighbor.
In their first in person meeting, they are expected to discuss trade and possibly the South China Sea conflict, but it's North Korea that is likely to dominate discussions.
The Republican president tweeted last week that the United States could no longer tolerate massive trade deficits and job losses and that his meeting with Xi "will be a very hard one".
While she believes it's hard for newcomers to break into the now well-established industries throughout both China and the USA, "the woman who built Beijing" still sees opportunity for self-starters.
It also remains to be seen whether the Obama administration's deal with Beijing to curb Chinese cyber-theft for economic gain and its hacking of USA companies will be addressed. Trade in services between the USA and China has been growing by leaps and bounds, with a large surplus in favor of the U.S.
Beijing has highly skilled negotiators and their position on North Korea is deeply entrenched.
It may be up to Tillerson, who is now being cast as the public architect of U.S.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Secondly, the Trump administration must look to intensify trade negotiations in Asia and slow down the region's overall reliance on Beijing. "I'll leave it at that for the moment", he said.