Published: Wed, July 05, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

In his call with Xi, "President Trump raised the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes", the White House said.

It is unclear whether any of those issues will come up in discussions at the G20 summit in Germany this week at which Mr Trump and Mr Xi are expected to hold a bilateral meeting.

"U.S. forces operate in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea", Brown said.

"We believe that the significance of our bilateral relationship has already exceeded the bilateral scope and is exerting important influence on the development of the whole world", Mr Geng said.

The latest move to anger China came on Sunday, when the USS Stethem destroyer sailed a little over 22km from tiny Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago, which is claimed by China as well as Taiwan and Vietnam, a USA officialsaid. 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 U.S. and its allies to exploit.

Xi's willingness to take the call appeared to suggest he was not ready to escalate tension with the US over the issue of the North.

The resumption of Freedom of Navigation operations, like that which so irked China on Sunday, and other recent needles are signs that Trump no longer feels it is worthwhile to give Beijing a free pass for assistance with North Korea.

Relations between the US and China are back in rough waters ahead of the G20 Summit.

A decision that Xi Jinping mentioned Monday, during his conversation with Donald Trump, deploring the fact that the bilateral relationship was now overshadowed by the "negative factors", according to a press release from china's public diplomacy.

Trump decided in late June to consider tougher sanctions against a dozen or so Chinese companies and individuals helping North Korean companies involved in the weapons development programs, according to a USA government source. 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.

Trump, for his part, said that the U.S. Mr Trump also spoke with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan about North Korea, and they highlighted "their unity with respect to increasing pressure on the regime to change its risky path", the administration said. "In the forthcoming trade negotiations, Trump may raise harsher questions to put China under greater pressure".

"We urge the uphold their solemn commitment to the One-China principle and stop any arms sale to Taiwan", Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said.

On Wednesday, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley labeled estimates that North Korea was "three to five years from developing a long-range nuclear weapon capable of reaching the US" as "optimistic".

The administration said last week it has blacklisted a Chinese bank, a Chinese firm and two Chinese individuals for what Washington sees as illicit dealings with North Korea.

The Foreign Ministry said the Stethem had "trespassed" there, entering the waters "without China's approval" and committing "a serious political and military provocation".

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