China and the United States are unable to agree on concrete measures against the DPRK’s nuclear programme

During the two-day talks with the head of China XI Jinping the President, trump tried to bring the Chinese leader to the solution of problems of nuclear and missile development of the DPRK. China agreed to strengthen cooperation, however, has not changed its cautious stance, with the result that the parties failed to agree on concrete steps aimed at eliminating the North Korean nuclear program. The US increase pressure on China to take further steps, however, the prospects for the completion of the U.S.-China confrontation is not visible.

During the negotiations, trump put pressure on si to act more actively: “If China will not cooperate, the US is ready to act independently”. U.S. launched missile strikes in Syria during a dinner that took place on the first day of the meeting of the leaders of the United States and China. Thus, they pressured, stressing that the use of military force may be one of the real options.

Si have recognized that the nuclear issue has reached a very serious level, and pledged to strengthen the cooperation that the DPRK abandon its nuclear program. However, he has not demonstrated intent to change the cautious policy towards the DPRK. After meeting U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said: “the Head countries discussed nuclear disarmament, however, not touched upon methods for resolving this problem.”

In the statements of the Minister of foreign Affairs of China Wang And made for Chinese media after the summit, also unnoticed departure from the original policy against the DPRK. According to Wang, during the meeting, XI stressed: “I will stick to method of settlement, which is to dialogue and peaceful stability in the region”. Also head of China gave its initial view that, should simultaneously engage in dialogue and to exert pressure by means of sanctions.

China is also seriously concerned that the chaos in the DPRK will have a negative impact on the Chinese side. Chances are that even if Beijing will keep its promise to strengthen cooperation, he will act only within the framework of preserving stability in North Korea and a more rigid adherence to UN sanctions. It is unlikely that China will meet the expectations of the United States, which want to achieve from the administration of Kim Jong-UN, so she got rid of the nuclear program.

After the summit, the American side sharply increased its pressure on China. On 7 April, the day when the meeting of the heads of the US and China, the us media reported that the national security Council, the United States suggested Trump to reconsider its policy towards the DPRK and place in South Korea with a nuclear weapon. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Steven Mnuchin) told reporters that the sanctions — this is a very important tool of influence, be it North Korea or Syria.
If the administration trump out of his stupor and will go to drastic measures, the stability of relations between China and the US, where si attaches particular importance to the office. Before the Communist party Congress, which is the most important political event for China, is approximately six months. In this regard, Beijing is not necessary contradictions in the diplomatic sphere.

The administration of XI would be difficult to handle the pressure of trump, however, the contradictions between the US and China will not affect the fact that the DPRK continues to conduct nuclear and missile tests. The diplomat responsible for the situation on the Korean Peninsula, said: “the Meeting of the heads of the US and China were mostly devoted to the North Korean problem. The fact that the parties have not come to any results, only worsened the situation.”

The opinion of experts about us-China summit

To understand whether it is possible to cooperate with this partner

Daniel Blumenthal, American enterprise Institute:

For the President trump the purpose of the meeting was to spend time with the head of China XI Jinping and understand whether it is possible to cooperate with him. It is too early to draw conclusions about how close they are in spirit or not.

It is assumed that trump demanded to strengthen pressure on China. He also began the discussion of the problem of trade imbalance. The strikes in Syria were caused during the negotiations and, apparently, XI was something to think about. The fact that the government of China itself si respect strength. Thanks to tough action trump si sharper perceive the requirements of the American leader on the issue of North Korea and the South China sea.

There are no concrete results

Professor of Renmin University of China Shi Yinhong:


Meeting of the heads of the USA and China was held in a better atmosphere than I expected. American strikes in Syria were contrary to the diplomatic rules of China and seriously undermine the interests of Russia-friendly. However, this did not spoil the atmosphere of the summit.

If to speak about concrete results of the meeting, that comes to mind is the 100-day plan of cooperation aimed at addressing the trade imbalance. There is a possibility that during the discussion, which will last for three months, trump will not be able to go to cartel trade measures against China.

On the issue of the DPRK and the principle of “a new relationship between the superpowers”, proclaimed si, no results.

The presence of American authorities and save face China

Tsuneo Watanabe, the Foundation of the world Sasakawa:

Trump came to see si with various senior officials from the state Department, ministries of defence, Finance and so on. The composition was much worse than during the Japanese-American summit. China can save face. Trump was able to demonstrate to the Americans that were discussed all the issues: security, trade and exchange rates.

If the start of the us-China trade war, this will negatively affect Japan. For Japan well that the parties agreed to resolve the trade imbalance.

Strikes in Syria during the talks showed that trump is different from the Obama administration, acting against all odds. These attacks resulted in pressure not only on North Korea but military action of China. This is an indirect plus for Japan, which has friction with China in connection with the problem in the South China sea.