"So Much For China Working With Us": Trump Slams China On N.Korea Trade

As the G-20 meeting in Hamburg between Trump and Xi draws nearer, the US president appears eager to continue antagonizing his Chinese peer.

On his way to Warsaw this morning, where he will stay briefly ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg which begins on Friday, Trump tweeted his displeasure at US trade deals which had been signed before his tenure: “The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?”

Initially it was not exactly clear from that tweet alone which trade deals he has in mind, although Nafta has been at the forefront of many minds inside and outside the White House, while the precarious trade relationship between the US and China is well-known.

Conveniently, in a subsequent tweet Trump did hint at the source of his displeasure in a following tweet, in which the President made it clear who he was referring to: "Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!"

A chart showing N. Korea's reliance on Chinese trade is shown below.

North Korea claimed earlier this week it launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). As reported on Sunday, Pyongyang claimed the long-range weapon could "reach anywhere in the world."

Trump after the test said he hoped China would "put a heavy move" on North Korea and "end this nonsense once and for all!"

Trump has repeatedly called on China to help curtail the North Korean regime's missile tests and has threatened unilateral action as the launches have gone unabated. The president last month tweeted that China has tried to help the U.S. solve increased tensions with North Korea, but "it has not worked out."

As Citi points out, "this does not bode well for the G20 Summit which begins this Friday and the bilateral meeting between China and the US on the sidelines. North Korea is back in focus after the country tested an ICBM missile on Tuesday which US Secretary of State Tillerson said represented "a new escalation of the threat."


Slack Jack Shemp 4 Victory Wed, 07/05/2017 - 08:19 Permalink

"the stupid, thoughtless trade deals of past administrations that sold out the US"

Oh, you mean the ones where the US paid only 10% (of what it what have cost to produce in the US) for stuff made in China.

Yeap,... definitely, pretty stupid to pay so little for all that stuff.

Trump's stupidity over the climate;

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80.3 meters (263.5 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:


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earleflorida Slack Jack Wed, 07/05/2017 - 09:28 Permalink

10%so is that what it cost to produce an appliance in china?or a major household expense??but[t], in your reality it would cost if manufactured in america 90% MOAR!let's do some basic math shall we?american appliances and major household purchase 'made-in-america' would price us out of the market!wrong!!!and, at most... the american worker would be gainfully employed with finnished [usa made] products at most at a 10% premium over foreign (chinese) products (big item tickets) contributing to 'OUR'`GDP'?!?your logic is the inverse to reality! 

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dirty fingernails earleflorida Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:31 Permalink

Had the manufacturing not been offshored decades ago we could afford to pay 90% more. had minimum wage not been held artificially low for decades we would actually have an grasp on the true price of things. Had illegal immigration been stopped we'd know the true price of priducts. Inflation and loss of purrchasing power have been mostly hidden and now if it is corrected it'll cause outright chaos.

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flapdoodle Kayman Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:21 Permalink

The Japanese are tired and spent. The advantages their way of doing things has (consensus, a refined sense of the aesthic and their perfectionism) are completely overwhelmed by their disadvantages, like racism and lack of really getting behind anything creative - try doing business with them some time. They are sclerotic, and the Japanese people are more interested in playing videogames or watching anime than actually reproducing and raising a family.The Koreans are much more awake and realistic, at least the South Koreans. The Norks? The jury is still out but the Donald better beware of falling into China's trap baited with the Fat Un.

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crazzziecanuck Endgame Napoleon Wed, 07/05/2017 - 08:25 Permalink

Take the poorest person in America and they're living like kings when compared to half the world's population.  And for all these decades of Western "taking" from the Third World, what have we really to show for it?  A miserable, a society slavishly dedicated to making the rich even richer?  Making the environment worse by flooding the biosphere with all sorts of crazy chemical shit and needless waste?  Destroying the soil by tilling so we can make soybeans and cow shit, all so that McDonald's can sell forty-nine cent cheeseburgers?Thing is, though, aside from Trump pretty much never being able to get facts straight, is that American corporations have been doing gangbusters with all these trade deals.  After all, they pretty much write them for Congress and the White House.  There's a reason why China is doing so well.  American corporations have been obsessed with the benefits for China regardless of the long term future (after all, it's ISEP: It's Someone Else's Problem).If Trump continues to make noises about China, Wall Street is going to clip his ass like JFK.  Ever wonder why the corporate MSM media is so hellbent in cranking up the Trump Hate?  MSM is in cahoots with corporations.  After all, corporations pay the MSM to not do reporting.  Why do you thinK Boeing advertises on CNN?  Not like an average American goes down to the local Boeing dealership to lease a new 737...

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Yog Soggoth Apocalicious Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:54 Permalink

You are confusing hard working poor Americans with Dindus. The latter have perfected gaming the system generationaly  while the former is just waking up to the fact that there are no jobs or safety net. As for the basic access to healthcare, I can say for a fact that they will let you die if you do not have money. They are all too happy to write a prescription for opiates and send a huge bill for misdiagnosing though. It ain't like the old days.

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