Trump Says China May Be “Exerting Negative Pressure” On North Korea Deal

Over the weekend, when discussing the latest provocative comments by North Korea’s state media following Mike Pompeo’s fruitless visit to Tokyo to push for further denuclearization by Pyongyang, and which Kim envoys slammed saying the country’s “resolve for denuclearization” may falter, we said that “Trump’s denuclearization plan will have to wait even as the risk that all progress achieved so far in bilateral negotiations collapses.”

Why? Because recall that China was the real puppetmaster behind the Trump-Kim summit… and suddenly Beijing is not very happy with Trump (for obvious reasons), which means that China’s response to Trump’s trade war may emerge in the realm of diplomacy as Xi does everything he can to undo any/all progress achieved in talks between Trump and Kim, potentially sending relations between the US and North Korea back to square one. read more

Beijing Orders State Media “Not To Use Aggressive Language” For Trump

With a China-US trade war now under way, China’s natural impulse was to lash out against Trump, not only in the state-controlled media, but also in statements by top ranking officials, such as an angry diatribe by the Sinochem chairman, who quoted Michelle Obama, saying “when they go low, we go high.” However, in what appears to be an attempt to tone down the rhetoric, the SCMP reports that Beijing has directed state media to watch how they report on US President Donald Trump, mainland media sources said. read more