Trump Calls China, Japan Leaders To Discuss North Korea, Gets A Warning From Beijing Instead

Tyler Durden's picture

Ahead of this week's G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Donald Trump called the leaders of China and Japan to discuss the "threat posed by North Korea', along with trade issues, the White House said on Sunday. Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose LDP had just suffered a devastating loss in the Tokyo Assembly elections, and according to the White House read out, "both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula" adding that "President Trump reiterated his determination to seek more balanced trade relations with America’s trading partners."

The terse statement did not provide further details of the call or say if Trump managed to persuade Xi to endorse his approach of exerting maximum pressure on North Korea, including a slew of further economic and trade sanctions.

According to Reuters, the call may have been prompted by Trump increasing frustration with China's inability to rein in North Korea, and the reference to trade was an indication the president may be ready to return to his tougher-talking ways on business with Beijing after holding back in hopes it would put more pressure on Pyongyang. Trump and Xi discussed the "peace and stability of the Korean peninsula", China's Foreign Ministry said, without elaborating.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang later told a daily briefing that the United States was "very clear" about China's position on North Korea. Geng did not elaborate on what Xi told Trump about North Korea.

And while Trump may have been pushing for another PR push to demonstrate that he is on top of the N. Korea situation, what he got in return was a clear debuke from President Xi Jinping, who urged Trump to abide by Washington’s decades-old “one-China” policy during the phone call "as tensions between the two countries resurfaced over Taiwan, disputes in the South China Sea and how to handle North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme" SCMP reported.

Confirming that US-Sino relations have deteriorated substantially in recent weeks, Xi issued an implied warning to the US president, saying US-China relations have been affected by "negative factors" since the two men met for the first time at the Mar-a-Lago summit in Florida in April, the state broadcaster China Central Television reported.

“We attach great importance to the US government’s reaffirmation of the one-China policy and hope the US side will properly handle the Taiwan problem by adhering to the one-China principle and the three communiqués between the two sides,” Xi was quoted as saying. The call came after the Trump administration agreed a US$1.4 billion arms sales package with Taiwan, which China slammed over the weekend.

In the past week, diplomatic realtions between China and the US have chilled substantially, after Beijing lodged protests following Washington’s announcement of the Trump administration’s first arms sales to Taiwan. China has also protested against the blacklisting of a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea.

Beijing was further infuriated last week with a bill approved by the US Senate Armed Services Committee that would allow regular stops by American naval vessels to Taiwan’s ports. Tensions have also been raised between the two countries over China’s assertive claims to islands in the South China Sea.

Adding to Beijin's anger, on Sunday, the USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, to which China responded by dispatching military vessels and fighter jets to intercept the US warship. Analysts quotedb y SCMP said Beijing may in future have to deal with a more confrontational approach from the Trump administration, which appears to be using Taiwan as leverage against Beijing.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem

The former Taiwanese deputy defence minister Lin Chong-pin said US moves signalled Trump was likely to shift his China policy towards a harder approach. “Apparently, Trump still wants to step up pressure on Beijing in exchange for China’s support on North Korea. But given Trump’s track record of being unconventional and unpredictable, it remains to be seen how far he will go to get tough on China,” he said.

Robert Daly, the director of the Kissinger Institute on China at the Wilson Centre in the US, said Washington’s recent critique of China’s human rights record, its imposition of secondary sanctions on China, the arms sales to Taiwan and pending tariffs on Chinese steel exports to the US may represent a hardening of Trump’s views on China.


“They are a return to normalcy for American China policy. This hardening is in keeping with China’s long-term expectations for the relationship, but it disappoints China’s unrealistic short-term hopes for managing the Trump administration,” he said. “Of course, the Trump administration’s return to the mean in China relations could be as short-lived as its experiments with scrapping the one-China policy and cosying up to Xi Jinping. The relationship remains dangerously unstable.”

Separately, Trump talked to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by phone as well as Xi. The call was focused on the threat posed by North Korea’s accelerated nuclear weapons programme, the White House said.

“They reaffirmed that the United States-Japan Alliance stands ready to defend and respond to any threat or action taken by North Korea,” the White House statement said. After the call, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference the two countries and South Korea will have a trilateral summit at the G20 meeting, but he didn’t want to speculate on what might be said there.

“It’s important for these three nations to show their strong unity and cooperation both within and without," Suga said. "Things such as strengthening pressure on North Korea or urging China to fulfill even more of a role. Things like this have been agreed on before as well.”

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BabaLooey's picture

Get the Chi-coms over to Mar-a-Lago again....

MOAR golf and chocolate cake dammit!

nmewn's picture

"Two scoops of ice cream dammit!"



So...remember that time CNN & the Alinsky press went apeshit over this?...

"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun..."

...yeah, me neither ;-)

DingleBarryObummer's picture

OK.  maybe u guys don't care, but....

I am on board!  More physical comedy please!  I wil become a Trump fan! Powerbombs etc!  Dingle approves!  Clotheslines what?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   YES!  I love u Trump.  Bravo.

bamawatson's picture

b hussein homobama "so i know WHOSE ASS to KICK ! "  (go to 1:35 )

Handful of Dust's picture

Xi just wants to catch a glimpse of what a real First Lady looks like again....not to mention Ivanka. Ithink he must have shook their hands a few dozen times, while he didn't go near the wookie during his visit.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Xi: As long as you allow us to eviscerate your economy and do whatever we want, relations between our countries will be very good.

PrayingMantis's picture

... it wasn't confirmed if they would talk about how Pentagram's special ops are trained using "game shows" ...

>>> ... " ... US Special Forces, including Army Green Berets, Delta Force soldiers and Navy Seals, use a modified version of television's long-running Jeopardy and $25,000 Pyramid game shows to train their new hires, according to a report by The Intercept. ... " ...

>>> ...


... now that would classify as military "intelligence" ...


eclectic syncretist's picture

If it's really a problem for China to help us out with this then give North Korea one last opportunity to change course and if they don't, drop a couple of MOAB's directly on their development facilities and forget about it for a while.

PrayingMantis's picture

... this is what they're really fighting for and it's not controlled by any (((Red Shield))) conglomerate ...

>>> "North Korea is sitting on a stockpile of minerals worth trillions" ...

>>> ...

>>> "North Korea is sitting on trillions of dollars of untapped wealth, and its neighbors want in" ...

>>> ...

... I could imagine ((( Sir Evelyn R ))) rubbing his greedy palms together ... while his puppets are trying to outwit each other ...


Cruel Aid's picture

wtf its Chinas to take, who doesnt know this. lets see what happens

emersonreturn's picture

those are great links, thanks, i've sent to them to numerous friends.  

idahobandito's picture

That would be my first impulse too. BUT after thinking about it, why not just pull out of SK, and notify both SK and Japan that if they want a "nuclear shild", then build their own. Move HAARP to Wake Island. Then just sell arms to all of them and let them deal with NK. We have enough to glass their asses, so Im sure they wouldnt try anything stupid....and get the fuck out of mooselimbville...just sell them arms to kill eachother with.

The Wizard's picture

Economies are a side issue. This is a currency war. The ChiComs and Russia know the petrodollar is dead and, IMO, Trump knows it. This may be a game play to divert attention from the currency issues and institute a way to deal with the Deep State.

GoingBig's picture

Trump doesn't know shit. He's as dumb as a rock.

silvercity's picture

Just for shits and grins, please list the Presidents who did know shit and were not dumb as a rock. Thank you in advance.

bigkahuna's picture

This is not over - give it some more time before passing judgement.

Kayman's picture

China will never give up the North Korea card. Period.

And while Obumbler is in Indonesia he should visit the artificial Chinese Islands which are closer to Indonesia and the Philipines than China.

We are a long way into regretting the decades where American corporations and corrupt politicians transferred trillions in technology and jobs from America to China. Once a weak enemy, now a belligerent enemy.  America's militarism notwithstanding.

crazzziecanuck's picture

It's not just that.  China is well aware that the majority of it's population centres are within striking distance of the US Navy, which is why China is building those islands out.  It's an implied threat to the USA.  "Shooting at us will cost you."  Of course, the American exceptionalists are having a spaz fit.  "But... but... but... God chose us and we get to do anything we want!"

drendebe10's picture

The fudgepacker imbecile pathological liar is a spineless blathering idjit.  He can't even say "navy 'corpse man'" correctly.

playit's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Utopia Planitia's picture

I hope the Navy puts a ring of used tires off Cat 795F mining trucks (or whatever) around each ship before China sends out a flotilla of container ships on AutoPilot...  Otherwise there will be a whole lot of Navy Corpse Men.

crazzziecanuck's picture

How about the Navy stays home?  Even easier solution.

IronSights on'um's picture

Even if Hillary was elected, Obama would still be the most feminine president we've ever had. Obama kick someone's ass...hahahha. Those 5 pound neoprene dumbells were kicking his ass

BarkingCat's picture

Please,  until wiggers started imitating niggers, men in the US wore jeans that fit and did not fall off one's ass.

Go look at some movies from the 1970s or 1980s.

If you want to see men wearing tight jeans look at John Travolta in "Welcome Back, Cater" .

nonclaim's picture

Someone gave me one of those skinny jeans. I can't pull it above my knees.

Back to topic, China's big rocket went limp yesterday and didn't deliver so today President Xi has to save face and look tough but we all know the reds are but-hurt.

j0nx's picture

The Chinese will learn that pajama boy is no longer in charge and that a real American male inhabits the White House now. No more of their duplicitous doublespeak. The Chinese are like Klingons. They only understand strength.

07564111's picture

You'll be writing a stern communique ? /;D

rrrr's picture

Tell them, "The United States does not determine how many Chinas there are. That is between you and Taiwan. And we don't respond favorably to blackmail. So, if you don't want to trade with us, that's all right. We will just make everything we need ourselves, and you can go do whatever it is that you do when you are not trying to manipulate us."

gatorengineer's picture

trump needs to say if Kim is in place in 10 days that there will be an immediate embargo on crap from China.....  Thats a win win

crazzziecanuck's picture

Trump would get assassinated by the cabal of American CEOs who are nearly exclusively reliant upon foreign cheap labour in places like China.  A threat to China is a threat to them.  China can't retaliate, but corporate America will and these people don't use lube.

HoyeruNew's picture

"We will just make everything we need ourselves"? really?

How's THAT gonnna happen, coud you infrom the rest of the world? YOu gonna pay the required salaries or just use robots instead? The US corporations dont even want to pay miminum wage but they will be willign to pay factory wages? WHo are you tellign those lies to? Oh the the Trumptards. OK carry on then.

Twee Surgeon's picture

rrr is perfectly right. It would change the shape of the economy and destabilise China from within, very quickly. What's not to like ?

Winston Churchill's picture

Rebuilding an industrial base would take a generation.

The skills and trades are already retired or dead.Even if they wwren't I doubt the smart phone

obsessed generations would  deign to get their hands dirty.

BrownCoat's picture

"take a generation" ?!

Naw. The Millenials might actually respond to a challenge. Sure they are ill equiped (lack education. lack technical skills, lack real work experience, and overdosed on PC propaganda).

The US did China a favor by offshoring industries, investment and technology. Let's see if China can now stand up on its own without the "welfare" of a US export market.  I think China could. I also think China's belligerent attitude toward the rest of the world will not change.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"So, if you don't want to trade with us, that's all right. We will just make everything we need ourselves"

That is where we thought this was going, but it appears to have been shelved.

Déjà view's picture


$350B p.a. trade surplus...full ROI on $2T U.S. debt...phuck with 5-Eyes...see what happens...TRUMP CARDS...

CALL THEIR BLUFF MR. T...Chicom has 2 economy or isolation...

OverTheHedge's picture




North Korea

Theoretically, any one of those countries a) has an incentive to sink a carrier or two, and b) has the capability to sink a carrier or two. If the US lost a carrier or two, what would happen?

If the US lost all carrier groups currently at sea, what would happen?

It is a third option to your "world trade or isolation" binary solution.

post turtle saver's picture

"If the US lost a carrier or two, what would happen?"

the USA would have seven left out of nine and the people who did it would pay, severely... that's a "Pearl Harbor" moment...

"If the US lost all carrier groups currently at sea, what would happen?"

everyone in the world would need some SPF 1 million sun block if that happened and you'd breathe the ashes of the culprits for millenia to come...

silvercity's picture

Because the US military is so awesome that they can destroy any other nation's military quickly. Just look at the USA's string of victories since WW2.

BrownCoat's picture

The US military *is* awesome.

US politicians are just like politicians everywhere; evil sociopaths.

post turtle saver's picture

stick to the facts, silvercity... no other nation in the world can match US navy resources and no other has an all-nuclear sub fleet... I answered the original question in exactly the manner that things would play out... it wouldn't matter who was in office, no one in the US would tolerate the loss of two carrier groups and the loss of all would trigger WW3...

I seem to recall Iraq's military getting destroyed PDQ last I checked... at the time it was one of the largest armies in the world and was full of veterans from their 10 year war with Iran... everyone predicted US blood in the sand that would re-fill the rivers and look what happened... you're so full of yourself, don't make me laugh

idahobandito's picture

Apparently you have no clue what is under water on each of their coastlines undetected and able to retaliate within minutes of the opponents launch....thats what "MAD" is about. Thats why they don't do it, because there will be no winners.

general ambivalent's picture

God, the fact that people are so ignorant as to believe that Drumpf is a 'real man' really doesn't say much for our future.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"believe that Drumpf is a 'real man' "

He does seem to have a problem with blood coming out of women.

ISEEIT's picture

Trump is real 'man' enough to destroy human civilization.

Just like any other puppet ass bitch corporate/imperialist/globalist/satanic sociopath that rules over this world from the 'white' house.

It ain't Trump "folks".

It's the fucking entire system.


Simplifiedfrisbee's picture

All you antiquated stupid fucks are only a shadowy image of your imperialist, pillaging past. Too stupid to engage the truth and filled with enough toxins to paralyze Ivanka in a Nefzawi’s Knot. Can't believe how much more a conservative I am relative to those who perceive themselves as being conservative. The ego has got a grip on all you old miserable fucks. God bless.

general ambivalent's picture

Conservative enough to cheer on twatter and profassional wrassling. Neocons are just really slow liberals.