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Trump welcomed in China amid North Korea, commerce tensions

BEIJING — President Trump is making his first official go to to China amid regional tensions on commerce and North Korea.

Mr. Trump landed in Beijing Wednesday following a go to to South Korea.

He is scheduled to fulfill a number of occasions with China’s President Xi Jinping throughout the two-day keep.

Xi was treating Mr. Trump to a lavish welcoming ceremony and tour of the Forbidden Metropolis, dwelling to China’s historical imperial palaces.

The go to got here hours after Mr. Trump addressed South Korea’s Nationwide Meeting and pressured China to cease supporting North Korea.

He additionally delivered a pointy warning to Pyongyang, telling the rogue nation: “Don’t underestimate us. And don’t attempt us.” 

In a speech delivered hours after he aborted a go to to the closely fortified Korean demilitarized zone as a result of unhealthy climate, Mr. Trump mentioned he had a message for North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.

“The weapons you might be buying do not make you safer, they’re placing your regime in grave hazard.” He referred to as on all nations to hitch forces “to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea.”

“The world can’t tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation,” he mentioned. 

Mr. Trump made equalizing commerce with China a centerpiece of his presidential marketing campaign however has signaled that he could ease up in alternate for China’s assist with North Korea.

Mr. Trump arrived in Beijing with mounting U.S. commerce complaints within the air, limiting prospects for progress on market entry, expertise coverage and different sore factors.

The strains between the world’s two greatest economies are fueling anxiousness amongst international corporations and advocates of free commerce that they may retreat into protectionism, dragging down progress.

Washington accuses Beijing of backsliding on market-opening guarantees, and Mr. Trump mentioned final week that the U.S. commerce deficit with China – $347 billion final yr – is “so unhealthy that it is embarrassing.”

“I do not need to embarrass anyone 4 days earlier than I land in China, nevertheless it’s horrible,” he mentioned. 

China is the third cease on Mr. Trump’s ten-day Asia tour, which opened in Japan.

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