Expectations low for Trump-Xi talks, preparations limited

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – With under three weeks to go before proposed talks between the Chinese and U.S. leaders, expectations for progress toward ending the trade war are low and sources say there has been little preparation for a meeting even as the health of the world economy is at stake. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo/File Photo President Donald Trump says he wants to meet with…

Duterte recalls talks with Xi: No US presence on Pag-asa island, so why the ships?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte shake hands after the Chinese leader signed the guest book at the Malacañang palace in Manila, Philippines, November 20, 2018. Mark Cristino, pool via Reuters/File MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said early Saturday he assured Chinese President Xi Jinping that American troops would never set foot on Pag-asa Island in the disputed South China Sea as he asked why China’s ships were surrounding the area. Recalling “the last time” he met with the Chinese leader, Duterte said he was aware of repercussions…

Chinese Minister Talks Tough on South China Sea, Taiwan

China’s Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe on June 2, 2019. USNI News Photo SINGAPORE — China’s Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe struck an uncompromising tone on Taiwan and the South China Sea in his Sunday speech IISS Shangri La Dialogue. “If anyone dared to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs to preserve national unity” and defending China’s militarization of disputed territories in the South China Sea as “ the legitimate rights of a sovereign state to carry out construction in…

South China Sea: Japan and South Korea FAIL to deter Beijing as Shangri-La talks collapse | World | News

Pressure on Beijing’s island building in the disputed seas has eased since defence ministers from Japan and South Korea failed to negotiate security. The pair were due to meet at the Asian security forum in Singapore until it was decided formal talks would be “premature”, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. International relations expert Stephen Nagy said the only winner between the two US allies would be China. Mr Nagy told SCMP: “My sense is that Japan sees South Korea as not engaging in negotiations on a number of issues…

Pentagon chief in Asia for ‘candid’ talks on China expansion

JAKARTA: Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan kicked off a week-long Asian tour on Wednesday (May 29) with an eye to strengthening ties with regional allies and having “candid” talks with his Chinese counterpart on Beijing’s growing might. “It’s more about listening and being able to hear from the allies and partners,” the acting US defence secretary said in a plane bound for Jakarta. Advertisement Advertisement Indonesia is the first leg of a tour that also includes stops in Singapore, South Korea and Japan. On Thursday, Shanahan will meet with Indonesian President…