Publicado: Sol, Noviembre 12, 2017
Global | By Iago Denis

No disagreement between Trump and Xi on North Korea: Rex Tillerson

No disagreement between Trump and Xi on North Korea: Rex Tillerson

The trade relationship "between China and the USA has not been a very fair one, as we all know America has a huge annual trade deficit with China, a number beyond anything that anyone would understand", Trump said.

"I want to just say that President Xi - where we will be tomorrow, China - has been very helpful".

The Trump administration has aggressively pursued trade remedies in commercial relations with Beijing - investigating Chinese trade practices on intellectual property and in aluminum and steel. Gao was speaking on the morning of November 8 at a talk organized by the Chinese embassy in Seoul, which comes amid a mending of ties between South Korea and China as they resolve their conflict over the THAAD antimissile system.

Trump did, however, press Xi hard on improving the trade balance between the two countries on Thursday. He hasn't used the issue of human rights to make trouble for China so far, and this means the Sino-US relationship can focus on substantive matters,"influential tabloid the Global Times said in an editorial".

He later tweeted a warning to North Korea to avoid "a fatal miscalculation".

"How President Trump communicates with the outside is not something you need to worry about", he said.

Their high-stakes, two-day summit is being closely watched for signs of how the leaders of the world's two biggest economies will be able to cooperate on issues from North Korea to trade to cyber security amid mounting challenges in the Asia-Pacific. Would he stay calm if Trump unleashed a dose of his China-bashing rhetoric?

Trump is the first US President to not take questions alongside his Chinese counterpart during a first visit to the country since President George H.W. Bush.

Attendees take photos during a business event which U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Xi, who has been described by Trump as "King of China" after the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) in its once- in-a-five-year Congress conferred him a second five-year term, also hosted Trump and his wife Melania at China's 15th century Forbidden City. But according to The New York Times, the Chinese president "either can not, or does not want to, do the job".

Officials in Beijing and Washington point out that China has taken measurable steps.

Trump repeatedly railed against China's trade surplus during the 2016 presidential election but his belligerence on the issue has been tempered since taking office.

Referring to Xi, Trump said: "I do believe there's a solution to that, as do you".

President Trump has said the best relationship he has with a foreign leader is the one he has with President Xi.

But how would Xi react to the populism of Donald Trump? After the North's accelerating nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, China approved tougher United Nations sanctions.

Trump railed against China's trade practices during the 2016 US presidential campaign and threatened to take action once in office.

A senior White House official said North Korea had been removed from the list under Bush "as part of a hopeful attempt to lure them into reversing the threat and of course that didn't work out".

"I believe we can solve nearly all of them and probably all of them", he said.

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