In Bei­jing, Trump presses China on North Korea and trade

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BEI­JING: U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pressed China to do more to rein in North Korea on Thurs­day and said bi­lat­eral trade had been un­fair to the United States, but praised Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s pledge that China would be more open to for­eign firms.

On North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams, Trump said “China can fix this prob­lem quickly and eas­ily”, urg­ing Bei­jing to cut fi­nan­cial links with North Korea and also call­ing on Rus­sia to help.

Trump was speak­ing along­side Xi in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal to an­nounce the sign­ing of about $250 bil­lion in com­mer­cial deals be­tween U.S. and Chi­nese firms, a dis­play that some in the U.S. busi­ness com­mu­nity worry de­tracts from tack­ling deepseated com­plaints about mar­ket ac­cess in China.

Xi said the Chi­nese econ­omy would be­come in­creas­ingly open and trans­par­ent to for­eign firms, in­clud­ing those from the United States, and wel­comed U.S. com­pa­nies to par­tic­i­pate in his am­bi­tious “Belt and Road” in­fra­struc­ture-led ini­tia­tive.

Trump made clear that he blamed his pre­de­ces­sors, not China, for the trade im­bal­ance, and re­peat­edly praised Xi, call­ing him “a very spe­cial man”.

“But we will make it fair and it will be tremen­dous for both of us,” Trump said.

Xi smiled widely when Trump said he does not blame China for the deficit and also when Trump said Xi gets things done.

“Of course there are some fric­tions, but on the ba­sis of win-win co­opera- tion and fair com­pe­ti­tion, we hope we can solve all th­ese is­sues in a frank and con­sul­ta­tive way,” Xi said.

“Keep­ing open­ing up is our long-term strat­egy. We will never nar­row or close our doors. We will fur­ther widen them,” he said. China would also of­fer a more fair and trans­par­ent en­vi­ron­ment for for­eign firms, in­clud­ing U.S. ones, Xi said.

Trump is press­ing China to tighten the screws fur­ther on North Korea and its de­vel­op­ment of nu­clear weapons in de­fi­ance of U.N. sanc­tions. At least mod­est progress is hoped for, although there are no im­me­di­ate signs of a ma­jor break­through, a U.S. of­fi­cial said ear­lier.

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