Visit ex­pected to yield re­sults, ques­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO HUANXIN in Wash­ing­ton

lead­ers to con­tinue the di­a­logue that they started at Mar-a-Lago,” Christo­pher K. John­son, se­nior ad­viser and Free­man Chair in China Stud­ies at the Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, told a brief­ing on Wed­nes­day.

John­son said that it was strik­ing to hear Cui Tiankai, Chi­nese am­bas­sador to the US, say on Mon­day that he ex­pected to see move­ment on both North Korea and trade.

At a news brief­ing on Mon­day, Cui said that Trump’s first state visit to China, com­ing at a “his­toric mo­ment” after a key Party con­gress in Bei­jing, will be a suc­cess­ful trip with sig­nif­i­cant out­comes on trade, the Korean Penin­sula and other is­sues.

John­son said it wasn’t clear from the US ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sig­nal­ing whether the US’ eco­nomic ef­fort at the sum­mit is go­ing to be fo­cused on deal-sign­ing or mar­ket-ac­cess is­sues.

He said he got the sense that China is will­ing to sign trade deals, as re­flected in Cui’s com­ments in which he said trade deficits are bad for China’s own econ­omy in the long run.

“So I think that’s re­ally the chal­lenge we face, is just a lack of clar­ity in gen­eral on the US pri­or­i­ties go­ing into this meet­ing,” he said. “So I think China’s ap­proach will be to do enough on th­ese crit­i­cal is­sues of trade and North Korea to hope­fully have this re­set.”

Cui said that China is ready to buy more US prod­ucts.

“If the US side could lift some of the re­stric­tions it has put (in place) so far, on ex­ports to China, of high­tech prod­ucts for civil­ian use, this could greatly in­crease ex­ports and go a long way to­wards bal­anc­ing bi­lat­eral trade be­tween China and the United States,” he said.

The White House, in com­ment­ing on whether the US pres­i­dent is “pre­pared enough to talk about the im­bal­ances in the trade re­la­tion­ships,” said Trump is well pre­pared to dis­cuss the is­sue.

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