EU boosts sanctions against North Korea over nuke tests

Donald Trump Xi Jinping handshake Mar-a-lago

Trump has said he wants to raise concerns about China's trade practices and urge Xi to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions during his first talks with the Chinese leaders, though no major deals on either issue were expected. "I think what you are going to see is that the president makes very clear to Xi and publicly what we expect on trade", a USA official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The European Union today imposed additional sanctions on North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests which it said threatened worldwide security.

The White House has said the topic will "continue to be brought up in the relationship", but human rights activists are anxious the Trump administration has already missed several opportunities to spotlight Beijing's abuses.

A U.S. official said Wednesday's missile test ended in failure when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean in a fiery crash.

USA farm states are also big exporters to China, which is the biggest single market for American agricultural products.

In a tweet just hours after China and the US announced a meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, Trump predicted that he expected it to be "very hard".

The troubled state of ties was reinforced by the detention of Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che during a personal trip to China last month.

His administration's highest-ranking China adviser may be Matthew Pottinger, a journalist who worked in Beijing for a period before fighting with the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then riding Michael Flynn's coattails into the position of senior director for Asia on the National Security Council - a slot normally reserved for someone with far more experience in dealing with the Chinese government.

Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, will join Trump and his wife, Melania, for dinner today and Trump and Xi will have a series of meetings there tomorrow. Washington, however, issued a terse statement, prompting North Korea analysts to speculate about what could have been behind Washington's unusual restraint. "I think that North Korea long ago ceased to be a strategic asset for China", he added.

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We're rapidly and dangerously heading towards the reality that the military option is the only one left when it comes to getting North Korea to denuclearize and not weaponized [intercontinental ballistic missiles].

"Japan wants to see Trump clearly communicating to Xi the United States commitment to defend its allies", said Tatsumi. The North may also be preparing for another nuclear test. Trump warned this week, "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will". Any golf, a White House spokesman said.

"As you may know, US beef has been denied access to China since 2003".

Xi will meet Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, late in the afternoon on Thursday.

After South Korea chose to go ahead with the deployment, Beijing apparently targeted its economy with undeclared sanctions.

Like his predecessors, Trump is pressing China to exert more economic pressure on North Korea, though there is no sign he will be any more successful than past American presidents. "I don't think there's any chance of a big breakthrough".

President Trump's supporters would be facing a lawsuit, as three protesters move ahead to file the cases against them for an alleged attack during a Kentucky rally past year.

Trump in the past has described global warming as a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to hurt the US economy.

"South Korea and the U.S. share a solid view that China's role is more important than anything else in leading North Korea to the path of denuclearization". "They understand the politics of the business relationship".

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