US, China Hold More Trade Talks Overshadowed By Kim Jong Un's Visit

09 January, 2019, 09:27 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Thae Yong-ho who fled his post as North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain in August 2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Beijing at the start of a four-day visit.

South Korean media also reported Monday night that a private armored train believed to be Kim's was embarking on an overnight trip to China.

The visit coincides with what is believed to be Kim's 36th birthday and follows a 2018 filled with unprecedented travel for the young dictator.

Last year, Xi and Kim met three times in China by around the time of the first-ever US-North Korea summit on June 12 in Singapore.

"His arrival in Beijing, which coincided with Mr. Kim's birthday on Thursday, comes as Pyongyang expresses increasing frustration at the US approach in stalled denuclearization talks", the Wall Street Journal reports.

Diplomatic sources in Beijing said that Kim's fourth trip to China came at the request of the North Korean leader and that Pyongyang had initially requested a visit in December but that it was pushed to early January because of Xi's tight domestic schedule.

Kim said in his New Year speech he was ready to meet Trump any time to achieve their common goal of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Kim's remark suggests bringing Beijing into negotiations to establish a peace process on the Korean Peninsula, now revolving around the United States and the two Koreas.

"With North Korea, we have a very good dialogue", he told reporters before boarding a helicopter for the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, where he said he would be discussing a trade deal with China.

Kawhi Leonard blames media for Spurs fans booing him
Kawhi Leonard and former coach Gregg Popovich hugged and had a long discussion after the Spurs' 125-107 win over the Raptors on Thursday.

In a New Year's Day address Kim warned that it might take an alternative path if USA sanctions and pressure did not ease.

Instead, Mr Kim may be seeking to gauge China's attitude toward sanctions ahead of the talks, including what the North would have to concede in order to win Beijing's support at the UN.

In a break with previous visits, Chinese state media confirmed the North Korean leader's trip while he was still in the country.

It is hoped that the US and South Korea can accurately understand the constructive significance of amicable China-North Korea ties to push ahead with denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Officials from US and China are meeting in Beijing this week to negotiate an end to the trade war that has led to hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs over the past year. "China has actually been a good partner in our efforts to reduce the risk to the world from North Korea's nuclear capability; I expect they will continue to do so". The trip comes as Chinese and US officials held a second day of trade talks and as Kim prepares for a second possible meeting with President Donald Trump.

The North Korean leader will be in China until Thursday, making this his longest visit to date. "Kim will coordinate his US policy with Xi before talking to Trump, like he did before the June 2018 summit". North Korea insists that Washington first build trust by lifting the sanctions imposed on that country.

On Monday, the first day of the two-day vice ministerial-level trade talks, the United States missile destroyer sailed near a group of islands in the waters claimed by China, as part of the Pentagon's "freedom of navigation" operation aimed at challenging Beijing's military activities there. However, Xi has called on the sides to "meet each other halfway", and China's foreign minister in September urged some form of sanctions relief in response to any positive outcomes from the first Kim-Trump summit. "But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC on Monday that China has so far kept the two issues separate".

Trump has been asking Xi to prevail on the North Korean leader to give up nuclear programme. "China's ability to use [North Korea] as leverage has diminished considerably since Trump opened his own channel to Kim".

But relations went through a rough patch in recent years as China backed United Nations sanctions over the North's nuclear tests.

Recommended:

  • AGP quits Assam alliance, no threat to BJP-led govt

    AGP quits Assam alliance, no threat to BJP-led govt

    Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress said the AGP should join hands with other parties to protest against the Bill. The AGP had entered into an alliance with the BJP before the 2014 polls and was opposed to the Bill since the beginning.
    The Next iPhone Will Have This Huge 3-Camera Bump

    The Next iPhone Will Have This Huge 3-Camera Bump

    Of course, the company could also launch multiple versions of the new iPhone as it did this year with three independent models. The 3D camera would be able to create 3D depth maps by measuring the time it takes light to bounce off things in a scene.
    How seriously should Jurgen Klopp take Wolves in the FA Cup?

    How seriously should Jurgen Klopp take Wolves in the FA Cup?

    Sergio Aguero has feasted on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium and once again the Reds had no answer to City's lethal finisher. Guardiola said: "Losing to Liverpool we would have been nearly out and we played knowing we were in or we were out".
  • Powell Meeting On? Depends on Who You Ask

    Powell Meeting On? Depends on Who You Ask

    Last month, President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to 90-day ceasefire as a step toward defusing tensions. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures increased 87 cents to settle at $47.96 a barrel, a 1.85 percent gain.
    Troops pull out from Syria 'not that quick'

    Troops pull out from Syria 'not that quick'

    Bolton's remarks were at odds with Trump's announcement on late December that he was pulling United States troops out of Syria. Though Trump ordered a rapid withdrawal of troops from Syria on December 19, no timetable was provided.
    Trump mocks Elizabeth Warren again over Native American heritage

    Trump mocks Elizabeth Warren again over Native American heritage

    Warren told reporters in response to the meme that the president should instead spend "his time getting the government back open". Her prospective presidential opponents are learning how savvy she is, at least when it comes to campaign cash.
  • Elizabeth Warren stands by her Cherokee ancestry claims at rally

    Elizabeth Warren stands by her Cherokee ancestry claims at rally

    In Iowa, Warren said her childhood in Oklahoma shaped her populist economic views. And the two of them have had some notable scuffles, particularly on Twitter .
    Trump says he needs to deal with Dem leaders to end shutdown

    Trump says he needs to deal with Dem leaders to end shutdown

    A day earlier, the president had tweeted that he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats". The second bill would fund the DHS through February so negotiations over the border wall could continue.
    'Snowman' shape of distant Ultima Thule revealed

    'Snowman' shape of distant Ultima Thule revealed

    The slow data-rates from the Kuiper belt mean it will be fully 20 months before all the information is pulled off the spacecraft. At right, the color has been overlaid onto the LORRI image to show the color uniformity of the Ultima and Thule lobes.
  • Lady Gaga wins best original song at Golden Globes

    Lady Gaga wins best original song at Golden Globes

    Malek thanked Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, as well as Mercury for providing the role of a lifetime. The actor wound up dedicating his award to the man he played: The late, great Freddie Mercury .
    China and United States  to hold trade talks in Beijing next week

    China and United States to hold trade talks in Beijing next week

    Another 33 percent of companies said they plan to move out of China in the next six to 12 months, according to the UBS report. Growth is expected by the government to have eased to around 6.5 percent in 2018, down from 6.9 percent in 2017.
    Nats offer Harper more than $300M

    Nats offer Harper more than $300M

    According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal , the Indians aren't likely to move starters Kluber and Bauer before Opening Day. Those pitchers might not be as flashy as Kluber or Bauer, but would still be effective without depleting prospect depth.


Popular

Parkey's FG miss that cost game officially changed to block
Bears head coach Matt Nagy had an epic reaction to the missed kick, as did the team's mascot - who literally died on the field. The snap went down, the kick went up, and the hearts of Chicago fans sank around the country.

Donald Trump addresses the nation
On Thursday he travels to the border. "We will oppose any effort by the president to make himself a king and a tyrant". Her fellow Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Cory Gardner of Colorado, issued similar appeals last week.

Trump to travel to Southern border Thursday, Sarah Sanders says
He also said he understood the predicament facing hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are not receiving their paychecks . The proposed wall is reportedly going to be made from steel, which Trump told reporters would be "less obtrusive" and "stronger".

Heres the first look at final season of Game of Thrones
New seasons of Veep , 2 Dope Queens , and Barry are also on the way, along with new shows like Euphoria and Catherine the Great . HBO has debuted new footage from the much awaited eighth and final season of epic fantasy show " Game of Thrones ".

American officials due in Beijing for talks on trade battle
Treasurys, meanwhile, was last up to 2.584% from 2.557% late Thursday. -China trade war and rising interest rates. Japan's Nikkei index dropped 2.3% Friday, that market's first day of trading following the New Year break.

Van Gaal reveals why he thinks Liverpool will win the Premier League
There's a bet I really like ahead of this game, and it's the straightforward Liverpool win at a scarcely believable [2.04]. The Reds lost their first game of the season in the Premier League when they travelled to the Etihad midweek.

Chinese Apple rival: Huawei employees punished for a Tweet from iPhone
Chinese tech giant Huawei has made a decision to punish two of its employees for sending a tweet through an iPhone . Huawei's tweet publicly displayed "Twitter from iPhone" below the message thanks to this recent Twitter change.

"Samsung Galaxy M20 Spotted on FCC with 6.13" Display
Blass indicates that this will be the standard version of the Galaxy S10. The FCC listing had also confirmed the Infinity-V style display.

Saoirse Ronan and Gary Oldman announced as presenters for 2019 Golden Globes
Burnett, 85, a five-time Globes victor , will receive the inaugural Carol Burnett Award, which focuses on television. Oldman won the Golden Globe previous year for best performance by an actor in a motion picture for "Darkest Hour".

Flu cases on the rise; H1N1 most prevalent strain
Allison had mild asthma, but about half the children who die from the flu were healthy before flu hit, according to the CDC. "The season is really starting to pick up", said Lynnette Brammer, the lead of CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team.