Trump's frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

Trump's frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

Trump's frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

Days after Mr Trump approved a US$1.3 billion USA arms sales to Taiwan, Mr Xi said he hoped the U.S. president will "properly handle" Taiwan-related issues in accordance with the "One China" principle regarding the self-governed island, which Beijing considers a breakaway province.

It added that the two leaders were looking forward to meeting at this week's G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany. USA citizens and businesses will be prohibited from doing business with those companies and individuals.

"President Xi explicitly pointed out that China-U.S. relations have made great progress in recent days".

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. The Chinese government, however, is reluctant to impose further sanctions against North Korea that could provoke the collapse of the regime and provide an opening for the USA and its allies to exploit.

But at the same, Xi said relations "have been affected by some negative factors" and the Chinese side has already expressed its position to the US, Chinese state media reported.

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Until lately, U.S. officials had been describing China as a partner in their strategy to prevent North Korea from developing the ability to strike the United States mainland with nuclear weapons.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference the two countries and South Korea will have a trilateral summit at the G20 meeting, but he didn't want to speculate on what might be said there.

China is North Korea's economic lifeline and only major ally, and the Trump administration is pushing Beijing to do more to push the North toward disarmament. This shows that the USA, which is getting fed up with China's lukewarm commitment to sanctions against North Korea, and China, which is calling for an unconditional resumption of dialogue with North Korea, are unable to find common ground.

Before North Korea's announcement of an ICBM, South Korean analysts said it was likely that it was a retest of one of two intermediate-range missiles launched earlier this year.

Trump's decision is the result of frustration over the Chinese government not acting strongly enough in his opinion to take a stand against the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Times quoted senior administration officials.

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Washington is also said to be preparing additional sanctions against other Chinese companies and those could be announced over the next few weeks.

China hopes that the United States will handle the Taiwan issue appropriately in accordance with the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, Xi said.

The Trump administration is rapidly adopting a more confrontational stance toward China across the board.

But China accused the United States of deliberately stirring up trouble in the South China Sea and staging "provocative operations" that violate China's sovereignty and threaten its security.

Mr Trump met Mr Moon at the White House on Friday.

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Over the weekend, the US sent a warship through Chinese claimed waters in the South China Sea. The Pentagon has carried out a massive military build-up in North East Asia and developed plans to attack North Korea, which would trigger a catastrophic conflict that could draw in other major powers, including China and Russian Federation.

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