“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” U.S. President Donald Trump says.
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.
“Lately, tensions have risen with the US and the ROK [South Korea] on one side, and the DPRK [North Korea] on the other,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on Friday, adding that “One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment.”
“Therefore, we call upon all the parties, no matter verbally or in action, to stop provoking and threatening each other and not to allow the situation to become irretrievable and out of control,” Wang said.
“Separatist Taiwan independence forces and their activities are the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a monthly news briefing.
Eager to head-off any possible diplomatic fallout, Julie Bishop met with China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, on Tuesday, the source said.
Beijing sold more than three dozen of its then-advanced, nuclear-capable, intermediate-range DF-3A ballistic missiles to Saudi Arabia in 1988 at a cost of US$3.5 billion.
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.
“The recent activity of Chinese jets and ships around Taiwan shows the continued rise in (China’s) military threat capabilities,” highlighting the importance of Taiwan’s need to defend itself, the review will say.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing sweeping modernisation of China’s armed forces, the largest in the world, including anti-satellite missiles.
“The Dalai Lama’s comments in the interview perhaps appeared humorous and funny, but these words are all lies that do not accord with the facts,” Geng said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is raising its public engagement with the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama, a change from earlier governments’ reluctance to anger Beijing by sharing a public platform with him.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has called China’s island building in the South China Sea illegal.
“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.
Relations between China and United States have soured after Trump upset Beijing in December by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.
The Dongfeng-5C missile, carrying 10 dummy warheads was launched from Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province, and flew to a desert in western China.
Beijing’s renewed calls for openness and defense of globalization stand in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s vision of “America First”.