China calls Trump to say peaceful solution needed in North Korea

The USS Carl Vinson strike group, led by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, has been diverted from Singapore towards the Korean Peninsula, in what Mr Trump has described as an "armada".

The issue should be solved through peaceful means, said Xi, adding his country was ready to maintain communication and coordination with the USA on the matter.

Trump welcomed Xi on Thursday to his Mar-a-Lago private club in South Florida, and on Friday the two leaders continued their first face-to-face talks.

China's foreign ministry on Wednesday reiterated Beijing's position of calming the situation via a "dual suspension" of North Korea's nuclear tests and the United States' joint military drills with South Korea.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump suggested the USA could "solve" the North Korea issue unilaterally.

Japan's act of solidarity with Donald Trump's "armada" follows the USA president's warning that Washington would act alone against North Korea if Beijing failed to rein in its wayward ally.

China's Foreign Ministry said yesterday the two leaders had spoken by phone, after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the region and a renewed warning that Washington was ready to take on North Korea alone if Beijing declined to help rein in its maverick neighbour's nuclear ambitions.

China says it is in full compliance with sanctions enacted under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that China had ordered its trading companies to return coal shipments, a key North Korea export, to the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang.

However, Beijing also said it will not countenance measures that could bring about a collapse of the regime that could release a flood of refugees across its border, destabilize northeast Asia and result in a US -friendly government taking power in Pyongyang.

"North Korea is looking for trouble".

The group is expected to take up to nine days to arrive, USA officials have said.

Pyongyang said that the U.S. naval deployment only showed that it was right in developing its nuclear weapons programme for self-defence or in a pre-emptive strike. Beijing does not want to deal with a likely flood of refugees should the North Korean regime collapse, nor will it allow US and South Korean forces to advance to its doorstep. "I said, 'You've got to help us with North Korea, because we can't allow it". But having signed off on unilateral United States airstrikes on Syria as he met with Xi last Thursday, Trump sent a message that he's willing to taking military action on his own.

"If China and the United States do that together, it won't be without outcome", Merkel said.

U.S. Navy ships are a common presence in the Korean region and are in part a show of force. "I said, look, you have a tremendous power because of trading through the border".

  • Leroy Wright