China's Xi To Trump: Hopes US Handles Taiwan Issue Appropriately

by Garry Watts July 7, 2017, 0:30
China's Xi To Trump: Hopes US Handles Taiwan Issue Appropriately

During the call on Monday, Mr Xi said the relationship between the two countries had shown progress but was also affected by "negative factors", according to Chinese news reports.

The meeting with Mr. Xi, with whom Mr. Trump developed a rapport during a getaway at his Mar-a-Lago estate in April, took on graver significance after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile this week that the South's defense minister said was capable of reaching Hawaii.

"Meanwhile, bilateral relations have also been affected by some negative factors, for which the China side has expressed its position to the USA side".

In the latest sign of tension, a U.S. naval destroyer on Sunday sailed near disputed territory claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, prompting a furious response from the Chinese government.

This para reflects the serious concern of President Donald Trump over the rising nuclear and missile capacity of North Korea, which would soon acquire the capacity to strike at mainland US.

"Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearised Korean Peninsula", the White House said in a readout of the phone call.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang later told a daily briefing that the United States was "very clear" about China's position on North Korea.

There are some 50,000-60,000 North Korean workers abroad, mostly in Russian Federation and China, South Korea's spy service has said, including at about 130 restaurants North Korea operates overseas. Hard to believe that South Korea. "Things such as strengthening pressure on North Korea or urging China to fulfill even more of a role".

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The telephone conversations come ahead of a meeting of G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany, later in the week, where Trump is slated to hold bilateral meetings with Abe, Xi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Mr Trump and his top advisers have done little to hide their irritation over what they see as the reluctance by China, North Korea's main economic partner, to tighten the screws on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.

North Korea's launch this week of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated a risky new reach for weapons it hopes to top with nuclear warheads one day.

On June 20, Mr Trump had expressed his impatience and tweeted that "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of the President Xi and China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out". It added that China had "expressed its position" to the USA about those factors. "This climb-down was within expectations, because China can not single-handedly deliver on North Korea".

Observers warned that if Washington fails to do damage control, ties between the countries may fray, as an arms deal breaches U.S.pledges in past official statements and betrays the one-China policy.

The ministry said Trump told Xi the US government would continue to follow a "one China" policy, under which Washington acknowledges the Chinese position that there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it, and that this position had not changed.

In addition, the U.S. Navy on Sunday sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem close to Triton Island in the South China Sea, which is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.

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