Trump presses China on NKorea; another bluff could hurt him

By then, China had also become the biggest export market for 43 countries in the world; the USA was the biggest market for just 32 countries.

Yet experts fear North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un will not listen to calls for restraint from anybody, even the Chinese.

However the two leaders spend their time at Trump's Mar-a Lago club in Palm Beach, "it's safe to say there's not going to be any golf", the White House said in a statement.

"No one is forcing Americans to buy from us", I've been told a couple of times, "they choose to".

"Both of them are nationalists, both of them are egoistic, very ambitious leaders", he said.

Unlike Abe, Xi also turned down Trump's invitation to stay at Mar-a-Lago. The KN-15 missile tested in February flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles). And the Trump administration, like administrations before it, views North Korea's pursuit of intercontinental missiles capable of reaching San Francisco or Los Angeles as a justification for war. -China trade relations, while security issues are sure to be focused on North Korea's unconventional weapons program.

North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility.

"If you give the opportunity for the US President to take credit for something, that could go a really long way", Mr Smart said.

Past U.S. presidents have often turned to settings away from the trappings of Washington to conduct delicate diplomacy.

The missile could cover a full range of targets in North Korea if deployed from the southeastern city of Pohang.

Margaret Brennan, White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News.

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. Trump's "tweet is trying to set low expectations", says David Dollar, a former official with the U.S. Treasury Department and the World Bank and now senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The two countries have come a long way, with two-way trade of goods surging 207-fold from 1979 to 519.6 billion USA dollars in 2016.

Under the current Obama-defined thresholds, China only meets one of these criteria, based on its $347 billion goods trade surplus with the United States.

Trump pledged to label China a currency manipulator on the first day of his administration, but so far has refrained.

Domestic industries have filed a series of antidumping and countervailing duty cases with the United States International Trade Commission, resulting in tariffs as high as 522 percent against foreign steel companies. In his meeting with Mr Xi Jinping this week, the President needs to send a carefully balanced message to reassure America's Asian allies that it will stand by them, and stand up to China without taking reckless steps.

Both of them are nationalists, both of them are egoistic, very ambitious leaders.

Trump has made no secret of his desire for a "better" trading relationship with China.

He therefore needs a smooth summit that will avoid rocking the global system or the markets in a way that could threaten political stability back home - where despite China's growing power in its own right, management of the relationship with Washington is still one of the most important legacy items for Chinese leaders.

But one thing is certain: They will not golf. "Human rights issues I would expect will continue to be brought up in the relationship".

  • Joanne Flowers