Monday 24 July 2017

US tries to rally China on North Korea

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Photo: REUTERS/Saul Loeb
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Photo: REUTERS/Saul Loeb

Sarah Thomas

Donald Trump took a conciliatory tone at his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping where the leaders agreed to keep working on the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and bilateral trade irritants.

Trump also said it may take time to rein in North Korea's nuclear programme - but after his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he said he was confident Washington and Beijing could eventually reach a successful conclusion.

Trump, who has urged Xi to use China's economic leverage to pressure Pyongyang, said he appreciated what Xi has done. Trump expressed impatience with China after North Korea tested a missile that some believe has the range to reach the US Pacific Northwest.

For his part Xi said China's navy will join will join next year's US-led Pacific Rim military exercises - which may cause head-scratching, given China's island-building project in the South China Sea.

Reuters

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