US Commerce Secretary says Trump-Xi talks will address trade imbalances

Posted November 09, 2017

Not so much for his hosts in Beijing.

Cui says China judged that Trump was not really interested in changing the status quo among China, the us and Taiwan.

Trump attends the presidential summit at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, as part of his Asian tour.

Cui Liru of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, a government think tank in Beijing, says that China handled these challenges the right way - by doing nothing at all. China is "giving Trump lots of face, vanities and protocol".

Chinese President Xi Jinping has rolled out an unprecedented welcome to his American counterpart, Donald Trump, when the latter landed in Beijing on Wednesday, 8 November.

"I am not holding my breath given his track record of statements attacking the United States news media, labelling news reports he doesn't like as "fake" and threatening retaliation of various kinds against news organisations", said Rebecca MacKinnon, an American who worked in China as a journalist and now runs the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America think tank in Washington.

Trump laughed at the antics of acrobats, then was serenaded by Chinese opera singers in elaborate headdresses and heavy make-up. He signed an executive order in September authorising the US Treasury Department to pursue economic sanctions on foreign companies and banks that do business with North Korea.

China is the No. 3 export market for the United States after Canada and Mexico.

After carefully listening to Obama, the person said, Xi replied that he wouldn't throw the first punch at Trump - but he also wouldn't sit back and take one.

And though he's praised Xi recently for helping North Korea, China's still wants to avoid a collapse of Kim Jong Un's regime that could change the strategic balance in the region. China is a one-party system of authoritarian rule.

USA and Chinese companies on Wednesday signed business deals the two sides valued at $9 billion during a visit by President Donald Trump in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing's trade practices.

Despite the friendly personal relations, the Trump administration has recently outlined its vision of a USA alliance focusing on what it calls "a free and open Indo-Pacific" region, better known up to now as the Asia-Pacific. The administration's inclusion of India as a partner in its strategy has been read by some in Beijing and elsewhere as a bid to contain China, which Trump aides deny. "China economic relationship", the official told reporters on Air Force One as it flew to Beijing.

"People say we have the best relationship of any president-president, because he's called president also".

Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech outlining his vision for the United States role in the region during the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Da Nang, Vietnam, later this week.

Meetings between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing this week will focus on addressing trade imbalances between the two countries, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday.

But he added that he remains concerned about a trade imbalance in China's favour and vowed "the United States will take very, very strong action" on pushing Beijing for greater market access for USA firms. Trade volume grew from 2.5 billion USA dollars in 1979 to about 520 billion dollars past year, according to China's Ministry of Commerce.

"I think we can say that so far, our measures have been relatively successful", comments Wu Xinbo with the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. "This is as important a time for high level dialogue as any time over the last 35 years".

The country has banned Facebook, the world's most popular social media platform, since 2009.

At a brief afternoon tea in the Hall of Embodied Treasures, Trump took out a tablet computer to show Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan videos of his granddaughter Arabella Kushner singing in Mandarin and reciting ancient Chinese poetry, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

TRUMP WATCH: Trump warned North Korea not to "try us" in a speech to South Korea's National Assembly.