Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm

Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm

Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm

China has agreed to "strong" new measures to punish North Korea if it carries out a nuclear test, Seoul said on Monday after the USA signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang's weapons programme.

FILE - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. North Korea conducts some 90 percent of its trade with China.

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President Donald Trump has declared he would not declare China to be a currency manipulator to win its help in dealing with North Korea. His remarks came despite campaign accusations about China stealing jobs in the USA and manipulating its currency. "We're going to see about that". Meanwhile, in response to the increased tensions in the region, the USA has responded by sending an aircraft carrier group close to the Korean peninsula.

Tokyo hopes that the United States' strong response on Syria will put pressure on North Korea, which shows signs of preparing for its sixth nuclear test and more test-firings of ballistic missiles. China, North Korea's sole major ally and benefactor, which nevertheless opposes its weapons program, has called for talks leading to a peaceful resolution and the denuclearization of the peninsula.

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He added however that Beijing had indicated a willingness to act on the issue. "Amid challenge there is opportunity". Xi told Trump that China insists on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means.

Pyongyang tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile this month. "There is a possibility that North Korea is already capable of delivering (via missile) a warhead containing sarin", Abe told a parliamentary diplomacy and defense committee, referring to the poison nerve agent.

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