China-US relations hit by 'negative factors'

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The two largest world economies should "focus on cooperation and manage and control their differences", Xi said.

"The Chinese president also said that his country attaches great importance to Trump's reaffirmation that the United States will adhere to the one-China policy" that rules out formal contacts with Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, the Xinhua news agency reported. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!

Xi also stressed the grave threat a US anti-missile system in South Korea poses to both Chinese and Russian interests.

"Xi Jinping emphasized that, since my meeting with the president at Mar-a-Lago, China-U.S. relations have achieved important outcomes", state broadcaster China Central Television reported, referring to Xi's meeting with Trump in Florida in April.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Germany this week.

The latest irritant came on Sunday when a warship, the USS Stethem, sailed less than 12 nautical miles from tiny Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago, which is claimed by China as well as Taiwan and Vietnam, a USA official told AFP.

"After his disastrous trip to Brussels and Taormina, friendly pictures with European leaders and cheering crowds at his public speech could help Trump fix his image at home", said Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Russian Federation and China today proposed a plan for defusing tensions over North Korea, suggesting that Pyongyang declare a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests while the United States and South Korea refrain from large-scale military exercises. This, after the United States concluded that North Korea's latest missile launch was indeed an intercontinental ballistic missile, the kind capable of reaching the U.S. Pointing out that trade between Beijing and Pyongyang grew nearly 40 percent in the first quarter, President Trump said (quote) "So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try " Watchers say Trump is attempting to pressure China into imposing stronger sanctions against its long-time ally. It said the president also looked forward to meeting Abe at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg.

Suga said that during their 35-minute phone conversation, the two leaders reaffirmed close coordination between their countries and South Korea in stepping up pressure on North Korea.

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