Trump in China for talks as North Korea nuclear tensions grow

Opinion: Trump arrives in Asia with focus on trade, N. Korea

Opinion: Trump arrives in Asia with focus on trade, N. Korea

Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street declined as President Donald Trump delivered a new warning to North Korea in a speech to South Korean lawmakers. China is "giving Trump lots of face, vanities and protocol". Here's a look at the images from his meetings with world leaders.

That relationship did not get off to a smooth start. "China economic relationship", the official told reporters on Air Force One as it flew to Beijing. He also threatened to punish China for manipulating the value of its currency.

Like his predecessors, Trump is assessing how to deal with a rising China, balancing the costs of pushing the authoritarian government for political and economic reforms with the benefits of maintaining productive partnerships with the world's second-largest economy.

After a few days in Tokyo and Seoul, Trump will arrive in China on Wednesday with executives from some 40 companies seeking deals in sectors ranging from energy to aviation to financial services.

The chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, William Zarit, expressed hope ahead of Trump's arrival that the signing of business deals wouldn't draw attention away from "structural issues" including Chinese limits on foreign activity in finance, health care and other industries.

Trump may find himself on the back foot, says Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press.

Xi prepared an extravagant "state visit-plus" for Trump, who has softened his strongly anti-China election-era rhetoric since their first meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in April.

That channel has apparently outlived its usefulness, as Kushner came under investigation in the Russian influence scandal and labor activists alleged abuses at a Chinese shoe factory making footwear for the fashion label of Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and Kushner's wife.

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At the same time, Trump has heaped praise on Xi. "Take Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for example".

China had widely been expected to pull out all the stops for Trump, who has pressed it to do more to control its neighbour North Korea, and resolve a yawning trade gap with the United States.

Zheng said that the solution to the trade imbalance between China and the United States is more USA exports to China and increased two-way investment, rather than restricting imports from China.

The 19th CPC National Congress has outlined the future of China's diplomacy, said Jia Xiudong with the China Institute of International Studies, noting that China-U.S.ties are crucial to the new type of international relations and the community of shared future for humanity. The politically volatile trade surplus with the United States was $26.6 billion, a decline of $1.5 billion from September but a 12.2 percent increase from a year earlier. Trump has linked China's ability to rein in North Korea with better trade terms.

The Trump administration has responded by framing his 11-day, five-nation Asia trip as a broadening of USA policy in the "Indo-Pacific" region.

"But this could all change", he cautions.

Despite disagreements over trade and North Korea, the two leaders and their wives were all smiles as they ambled through the former imperial palace, first built in the 15th century. The administration's inclusion of India as a partner in its strategy has been read by some in Beijing and elsewhere as a bid to contain China, which Trump aides deny.

People's University's Shi is even more pessimistic.

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