President Donald Trump receives a briefing on a military strike on Syria from his National Security team, including a video teleconference with Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, on Thursday April 6, 2017, in a secured location at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald Trump is sending strong messages across the globe in regard to his foreign policies. He’s not backing down. The president continues hosting foreign leaders to the White House and Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach, Florida.
What was behind President Donald Trumps April 11 Tweet “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!”? There are indications Trump’s stand has influenced China. Yesterday, Trump tweeted “Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea.”
In the last few days, reports have come in indicating “China’s customs department has issued an official order telling trading companies to return their North Korean coal cargoes, said a trading source at Dandong Chengtai Trade Co., the biggest buyer of coal from the isolated country.” This follows China’s banning of coal imports of North Korean coal on Feb. 26. Coal is North Korea’s most important export product.
President Donald Trump and King Abdullah II of Jordan walk along the West Colonnade towards the podiums to begin a joint press briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).
A Dandong Chengtai source acknowledged that their company had 600,000 tons of North Korean coal sitting at various ports, and a total of 2 million tons was stranded at various Chinese ports, waiting to be returned. The source spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.
Other reports, including South Korea’s Yonhap newsagency, indicate preparations are underway to deploy 150,000 additional Chinese troops to the China-North Korean border. South Korea’s Chosun.com reported China was also sending medical and other units to handle North Korean refugees and any other aftermath of “unforeseen circumstances.”
However an associate director at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas warns that assuming China is giving into to Trump’s strategies could be a mistake. Former CIA intelligence analyst and National Security Council director Paul Miller indicates the thoughts that China would co-operate with US in action to subdue North Korea was wrong. Tensions are escalating because of North Korea’s recent missile testing an aggressive posturing.
“Chinese leaders can exploit these tensions, exert more pressure on South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc., who are fearful of US abandonment,” Miller said. “They can play these allies off each other and create a competition for Chinese favor by implying they will favor whomever abandons the US first.”
Dr Miller was director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the National Security Council from 2007 to 2009, an intelligence analyst for the CIA from 2003 to 2007 and a military intelligence officer in the US Army.
On April 7th the two leaders discussed President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping visit with Trump and the expanded bi-laterial meetings at Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach, Florida.
“The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding,” Trump told the media. “We look forward to being together many times in the future. And I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away. So I just want to thank President Xi for being with us in the United States. It’s a tremendous honor for me and all of my representatives to host the President and his representatives. And again, progress has been made.”