With tensions rising as North Korea defies the global community by continuing nuclear tests, and the USA reportedly readying a package of more aggressive military and diplomatic options against the regime, China has told President Donald Trump's administration that Beijing would back Pyongyang if the US strikes North Korea first, NBC News reported.
China said, however, that if North Korea first hits a US target, that "changes everything". Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump met for talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., in April.
Trump is set to attend the U.S. -ASEAN summit and the East Asia summit in the Philippines in November, as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam.
The response was not immediate to a Reuters request for comment on Trump's potential visit. It is not immediately known whether Trump will visit South Korea as part of the Asian tour, according to the source.
Trump accepted in February regarding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's invitation to visit Japan by the end of the year. This would be the second summit between the two leaders.
"The February agreement is still valid".
The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to start authorizations on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies completed. The Post reports a "web of shell companies" engaged in contraband trade with the North Korean regime.
After several days of negotiations on the resolution, Washington dropped several measures to win the support of Russian Federation and China, including a bid for an oil embargo and the blacklisting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the national airline.
The far-right architect of Donald Trump 2016 election victory, Bannon told an investor conference, organized by a unit of China's largest brokerage, that Trump and Xi had a rapport that should enable them to work out differences, said an attendee at the meeting which was closed to the press.