Alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump declared that Washington and Beijing agreed ‘not repeat the mistakes of the past’ in dealing with Pyongyang, which over the years has managed to rapidly advance its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
“The entire civilized world must unite to confront the North Korean Menace and the entire world is watching us right now.”In his scripted remarks, Xi was more muted.
“On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issues, we reiterated the firm commitment to achieving denuclearization of the Peninsula, and upholding the international non-proliferation regime.The two sides will continue to fully and strictly implement UN Security Council resolutions.At the same time, the two sides commit to working towards a solution from dialogue and negotiation.”
Trump earlier said excellent progress including on North Korea was made in his talk with the Chinese leader.“And I do believe there is a solution to that as you do.”
At a formal welcome outside the Great Hall of People, the two leaders walked side by side on a red carpet.A military band played the national anthems of the two countries, and ceremonial cannon fire from the Tiananmen Square saluted Trump. An exuberant crowd of school children waved American and Chinese flags.The talks between Trump and Xi also dealt with trade, a touchy subject,since the US president has long complained about the trade imbalance between China and the United States.Trump said the US trade deficit with China is shockingly hundreds billion of dollars annually, and that past administration’s allowed it to get so far out of kilter.
“But, but I don’t blame China.After all who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens.”
“China and the United States are the two largest economies and important engines of global economic growth. We need to further expand trade and investment cooperation, strengthen macroeconomic policy investment cooperation, pursue healthy stable and dynamically balanced economic and trade relations.”
Both leaders plate up what they referred to as 250 billion dollars worth of business deals signed,during President Trump’s visit to hear. But a sizable chunk are non-binding memorandums that may never materialize.
Steve Herman VOA News Beijing.