“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” U.S. President Donald Trump says.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on a call about North Korea with U.S. President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted exercises with a US aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters.
At issue for Taipei is whether Trump-Xi meeting will harm Taipei’s interests as US begins new arms package for Taiwan, a move sure to anger China.
“The joint interests of China and US far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both,” Chinese President Xi said.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China to do more on perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing sweeping modernisation of China’s armed forces, the largest in the world, including anti-satellite missiles.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and his administration indicated that Washington would have a calibrated response to avoid escalating tensions.
“President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy,” the statement said.
“President Trump stated he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits United States and China,” it said.
Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone and Xi told Trump cooperation was the only choice for the world’s two largest economies.
“Both sides should increase political mutual trust, expand common interests and appropriately handle disputes,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said.
“We are on a unity ticket with that,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.