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China's president in Russian Federation for talks on boosting ties

07 July 2017

Xi's comment during a phone call with Trump on Monday followed several assertive USA moves in Asia, including a naval patrol past a Chinese-controlled islet a day earlier.

Xi said bilateral ties have been bolstered in important ways since his meeting with Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort in the U.S.in April, but added that ties are also "impacted by some negative factors".

But China has leverage, too, which is why previous USA administrations have held back.

Increasingly, Mr Trump is also looking to other Asian nations, including Japan and South Korea, for help in resolving the crisis.

The risk is that Trump rethinks his early detente with Xi and advances a punitive approach similar to what he advocated during the campaign. And Washington has taken a series of additional steps recently seen as affronts to Beijing, including accusing the Chinese government of human rights violations and selling $1.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, which China regards as its territory.

On the Korean Peninsula on Thursday, South Korean jets and navy ships fired a barrage of guided-missiles into the ocean during drills, a display of military power two days after North Korea test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

The White House statement was more reticent, saying only that the two leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, including North Korea and trade relations, CNN said. On Monday, the North reiterated that its missiles "can hit any target in a speedy and accurate manner", according to Yonhap, a South Korean news agency. Beijing may be miscalculating that this USA government will behave like every other. "This climb-down was within expectations, because China can not single-handedly deliver on North Korea".

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He pointed to stretched police resources around the G-20 summit as well as Germany's current tensions with Turkey. Gabriel says those requests must be handled on a case-by-case basis, according to German law.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Trump's aides are anxious about the Trump-Putin meeting, and that they want to be able to structure the meeting because "they don't trust him to be able to handle it", Bolton said.

Beijing was also irritated after the U.S. state department gave Beijing a dismal grade last week in a new human trafficking report. The Taiwan arms sale is calculated to press sensitive buttons.

But exactly what was discussed in the phone call remains unclear. "So much for china working with us - but we had to give it a try!" The piece, titled "It's unwise for Washington to play the Taiwan card", warned against any efforts to embrace a congressionally supported push to allow U.S. Navy visits at the island's ports. A South Korean group, the Korea International Trade Association, said on Monday that North Korea had exported as much iron to China in the first five months of 2017 as it did in all of 2016. The White House made no mention of the subject.

US President Trump also spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by phone, with the two pledging deeper cooperation on North Korea, in the wake of growing frustrations over the rogue state. "China said the trade grew even as it stopped buying North Korean coal", it reported.

"I do find the "honeymoon's over" conclusion a bit premature", said Jia, of Peking University.

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in June was criticized by some as shifting leadership of global efforts to limit climate change to Asia.

China's president in Russian Federation for talks on boosting ties