North Korea's Kim briefs China's Xi on Trump summit

Trump defends summit with North Korea, says US ‘got so much’

Trump defends summit with North Korea, says US ‘got so much’

White House deputy chief of staff for operations Joe Hagin (C) arrives to board Air Force One to return home with U.S. President Donald Trump from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines November 14, 2017. The two leaders will also likely talk about North Korea sanctions and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

For his part, Xi told Kim he "wants North Korea and the United States to carry out the results of their leadership summit", the report said. China will continue to play a constructive role, he said. According to the Pentagon, North Korean officials have indicated in the past that they have the remains of as many as 200 U.S. troops.

Last year, 17,500 American and more than 50,000 South Korean troops joined the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than field exercises.

Kim's visit this time here is taking place amid escalating trade tensions between the United States and China with the two countries already announcing tariffs up to Dollars 50 billion each while Trump is threatening more sanctions. "The style of leadership and the policy goals of the two are making conflict more likely".

Analysts saw the summit outcome as a sign of China's influence. "Kim will be reassuring Xi that China's interests are not being overlooked". In the case of China, the US administration wisely moved China away from Russian Federation at the height of the Cold War against the Soviet Union.

Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera said the decision to suspend the U.S.

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In addition to discussing last week's summit, Kim is expected to ask China for help in easing economic sanctions, in return for his pledge to denuclearise, according to Wang Dong, an worldwide relations expert at Peking University.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday called USA trade criticisms "groundless" cover for protectionist policies.

North Korea could start the process of handing over the remains of troops, including Americans, missing from the Korean War within the next few days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday (Jun 19). That meeting in Beijing came just as Trump started following through on the more confrontational trade stance he campaigned on. For its part, China has been warning of strong retaliation.

At the same time, the two powers have sparred over China's military expansion into vital South China Sea shipping lanes and USA efforts to expand ties with Taiwan, the democratically controlled island that Beijing considers a province.

Kim's visit was the latest in a flurry of diplomatic contacts, and unlike during his previous two visits to China, the government announced his presence while he was in the country rather than waiting for him to leave.

"The Chinese side will be very cautious in using the DPRK issue as a bargaining chip", said Chucheng Feng, co-founder of GRisk, a political risk analytics firm, referring to North Korea. He is the author of "The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China's Rise and Avoid Another Cold War" (Bloomsbury, 2013).

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