Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm

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The North called the USA action in Syria "absolutely unpardonable" and said it proves that its nuclear weapons are justified to protect the country against Washington's "evermore reckless moves for a war".

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense said Monday that the deployment of the strike group shows that the United States "recognizes the seriousness of the situation on the Korean Peninsula".

He said that Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at their summit in Florida last week that Pyongyang's "provocative behavior" developing nuclear weapons was unacceptable. "We had a very good bonding, I think we had a very good chemistry together, I think he wants to help us with North Korea", Trump said.

Hwang stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the two allies at a time when there is a high likelihood of fresh provocations by the North.

Officials at Treasury, the agency that is responsible for issuing currency reports every six months, confirmed that China won't be named a currency manipulator.

Many Republican members of Congress welcomed the more forceful stance against North Korea, but there was disagreement in the Democratic ranks.

(Korean: ) "It seems like China's North Korea policy changed, but Beijing has the habit of pushing North Korea away whenever tensions rise on the Korean peninsula and pull Pyongyang back when tensions die down".

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Earlier this year, China called on both North Korea and the U.S. to tone down tension on the Korean peninsula - North Korea by suspending its nuclear weapons programme and the USA by stopping military exercises with South Korea that inflame Pyongyang. Of course, we hope that the time bought by this summit will make it easier for Trump and Xi to keep the U.S.

Some possible options Washington may be considering are tougher unilateral sanctions as well as secondary sanctions that would penalize a third country that does illegal business with North Korea, the redeployment of USA tactical nuclear assets to Korea and even a pre-emptive strike. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the USA and China would increase cooperation to "convince North Korea ... to dismantle its illegal nuclear and missile programs". But a brief moment of reflection would show that, on balance, Xi could not have been displeased by Trump's volte-face on Syria.

First, while Xi was visiting last week, Trump ordered 59 cruise missiles fired on a Syrian air base in response to government forces' alleged use of a sarin-like nerve agent.

The next big moment in US-China relations, and the sweet seduction, will be Mr Trump's visit to Beijing next year.

Trump's position on democratically ruled Taiwan - which China considers part of its territory awaiting reunification - has been a major irritant since he accepted a protocol-breaking phone call from the Taiwanese president after his election victory.

Mr Mnuchin said, "there was definitely an acknowledgement by them on the trade issue that we do need to get to a more balanced trade environment" and the USA "would expect to see some very specific items" in the trade plan. And he left open the possibility of re-nominating Janet Yellen for a second four-year term as Fed chair.

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