Trump says China should step up on NKorea

China's opposition to the deployment of THAAD may be raised as an issue during Thursday's summit between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Ocean Avenue outside the Eau Palm Beach hotel waiting for the moment the President of China arrived in Manalapan.

North Korea has funded its development of nuclear weapons by stealing money from financial institutions around the world via state-sponsored hacks, top cybersecurity experts warned.

Mr Trump campaigned on taking a harder line on China, saying previous presidents allowed China to steal jobs that could otherwise go to Americans.

"President Trump needs to come away from the meeting with concrete deliverables that will restore production and employment here in the U.S.in those sectors that have been ravaged by China's predatory and protectionist practices", said Holly Hart, legislative director for the United Steelworkers union.

"We have been treated unfairly and have made bad trade deals with China for many, many years".

Last week, the president predicted in a tweet that his meeting with Mr Xi would be "very difficult". He says the two issues "really do mix". And within Trump's administration, there are still divisions over how to approach China.

Trump though wasted little time bringing up his gripe with China when it comes to the United States' trade relationship with the Asian power.

Mr Trump has called the isolated nation "a big problem".

Patrick Cronin, a China expert at the Centre for a New American Security, said the Trump administration does not have "a reconciled trade and economic policy yet, and the differing views on China in the White House underscore that".

Are we about to witness another Sunnylands summit or something else? The moves appeared to be a shot at China, which accounted for the vast bulk - $347 billion - of last year's $502 billion trade deficit.

U.S. labor leaders say Trump needs to take a direct, unambiguous tone in his talks with Xi.

While Trump would not say what he wants China to do specifically with regards to North Korea, he suggested there was a link between "terrible" trade agreements the US has made with China and Pyongyang's provocations. Xi, a shrewd political operator, is unlikely to want to rock the boat ahead of a Communist Party conclave later this year that will install new leadership.

On Air Force One on the way to Florida Trump pointed to the crisis in North Korea as a top priority in the meetings with Xi.

Palm Beach Countytourism officials said China's taste for luxury could be an extra bonus forhigh end businesses expected to gain worldwide exposure when President XiJinping visits President Donald Trump.

Like his predecessors, Mr Trump is pressing China to exert more economic pressure on North Korea, though there is no sign he will be any more successful than past American presidents.

Trump, a NY real estate magnate before he ran for office, joked before dinner: "We've had a long discussion already, and so far I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing, but we have developed a friendship - I can see that - and I think long term we are going to have a very, very great relationship and I look very much forward to it".

Mr Trump hasn't ruled out building up the USA military presence in the South China Sea, but indicated his first move would be to try to use trade as a negotiating tool. The move infuriated Beijing, leading Mr Trump to eventually reiterate his commitment to the decades-old policy.

  • Leroy Wright