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US NewsJilted by Trump, Xi and Kim Seek Upper Hand Before G-20 Summit

12:30  20 june  2019
12:30  20 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Xi’s state visit to Pyongyang on Thursday -- the first such visit by a Chinese president in 14 years -- will showcase a renewed camaraderie between two neighbors that battled the U.S. together in the Korean War. The trip also sends Trump a pointed message about China’s broader influence ahead of potentially pivotal trade talks between American president and Xi on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

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At the G 20 summit , Mr. Xi needs to be shown as pursuing a bigger agenda who can offset Both China and the United States sought to gain the upper hand before the start of the G 20 summit . He was almost certain to raise North Korea with Mr. Trump in a positive way — that Mr. Kim would

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For Kim, it’s another chance to demonstrate he’s got options beyond a third meeting with Trump, after the second ended in collapse in February. The North Korean leader may find a more receptive audience for complaints about U.S. after Trump rejected China’s latest trade offer last month.

“Both leaders will likely seek to put pressure on Washington to conduct nuclear diplomacy with North Korea largely on North Korea’s terms -- through a phased, step-by-step approach to denuclearization and including partial sanctions relief,” said Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. diplomat who worked on Korean Peninsula issues. “If anything, this visit will underscore the weakening regional support for the U.S. pressure campaign.”

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The Trump administration official in charge of diplomatic protocol plans to resign and isn’t going to Japan for this week’s Group of 20 meetings, where he would have played a The assistant chief of protocol, Mary-Kate Fisher, has been asked to fill Lawler’s role for the G - 20 trip, one of the people said.

The Group of 20 summit in Osaka ended Saturday with lofty language from powerful world leaders, but it was eclipsed by U.S. President Donald Trump , who agreed to restart trade talks with China and extended a surprise invitation for North Korea's leader to meet him Sunday.

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Jilted by Trump, Xi and Kim Seek Upper Hand Before G-20 Summit
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China’s Leverage

Xi arrived in Pyongyang before noon local time Thursday accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was met by Kim at the airport and feted with a 21-gun salute, honor guard and a convertible ride past cheering crowds, according to the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper.

The two leaders held talks on what was expected to be the first of two days of events. Xi’s entourage included top diplomats Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

The summit comes at dramatic point in the strategic dance between the three leaders -- with U.S. ties with both China and North Korea on the downswing. Until his recent breakdowns with Xi and Kim, Trump had managed to keep relations with either one or the other on the rise.

The problem for Trump is that China -- as North Korea’s dominant trading partner and sole security ally -- is key to maintaining the economic isolation the U.S. is relying on to force Kim back to the negotiating table. While China has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to the international sanctions regime it helped erect against North Korea, the country has shown its limits amid the trade showdown with Trump.

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On Tuesday, China joined Russia in blocking the UN Security Council committee that monitors North Korea sanctions from declaring that the country exceeded its annual import cap on refined petroleum products, the Associated Press said, citing two diplomats. The move came after the U.S. and its allies accused North Korea of using illicit ship-to-ship transfers to bring in more oil, Bloomberg News reported, citing a U.S. letter to the panel.

In a commentary published Wednesday in North Korea’s ruling party newspaper, Xi said he wished to “open a new chapter” in ties. He told Kim, whom he repeatedly referred to as “Comrade Kim Jong Un,” that China supported North Korea’s “right direction for politically solving the issue on the Korean Peninsula.”

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Jilted by Trump, Xi and Kim Seek Upper Hand Before G-20 Summit

Xi’s visit -- representing his fifth meeting with Kim -- is part of series of moves to repair ties strained by Kim’s weapons tests and other efforts to assert his independence after taking power in late 2011. The first meeting came in the early days of the U.S.-China trade dispute last year, when Xi told Kim in Beijing that he had made a “strategic choice” to have a friendlier relationship.

“It is in China’s interest to comply with UN sanctions without necessarily enforcing them, mainly for two reasons -- so as not to put strain on DPRK-China relations, and to ensure that North Korea survives prolonged sanctions,” said Rachel Minyoung Lee, a Seoul-based senior analyst with NKPro.

Trump may have facilitated Xi’s trip to North Korea by playing down Kim’s recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles in an apparent violation of UN sanctions -- approved with China’s vote. During a trip to Japan last month, the U.S. president referred to the missiles tested as “some small weapons,” saying the operation “disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.”

South Korea’s top nuclear envoy, Lee Do-hoon, expressed optimism about Xi’s visit during an appearance Wednesday in Washington with U.S. counterpart Stephen Biegun, noting that previous meetings between the Chinese and North Korean leaders were followed by contacts between Kim’s regime and the U.S. “I hope that this time again this pattern will apply,” Lee said.

Jilted by Trump, Xi and Kim Seek Upper Hand Before G-20 Summit © Getty Images U.S. President Trump And North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Meet In Hanoi

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Hanoi on Feb. 28.

Biegun noted that China had long backed the elimination of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. “China’s not doing this as a favor for United States of America -- this is China’s national interests,” he said, adding “in this case, Chinese national interests and American national interests coincide.”

Xi and Kim might discuss ways to convince Trump to drop his demands that North Korea first dismantle its nuclear arsenal before it can receive sanctions relief. China, like Russia, backs a process in which North Korea’s disarmament steps are met by U.S. rewards, arguing that it’s the best way to build trust.

‘Over-interpreting’

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang acknowledged during a briefing Wednesday that the country wields “significant” influence in North Korea, but encouraged “all parties” to do more to promote a resolution. Earlier this week, Lu dismissed a link between trade talks and the North Korean visit, saying: “Whether or not this meeting will be used as a marker or leverage, I can only say that people who think this may be over-interpreting.”

Still, Xi’s mere presence in Pyongyang -- a place no top Chinese leader has visited since Hu Jintao in 2005 -- may make the point. Trump has previously speculated after meetings between Xi and Kim that China was working to undermine nuclear talks out of spite for their trade disputes.

“Xi’s visit will send a message that the strong relations between China and North Korea are critical to tackle the nuclear issue and to maintaining the peace on the peninsula, which the U.S. should not ignore,” said Wang Sheng, a professor of international politics at Jilin University in China.

(Updates with Xi-Kim talks.)

--With assistance from Peter Martin, April Ma and Lucille Liu.


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