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China foreign minister urges US-N.Korea dialogue

China foreign minister urges US-N.Korea dialogue

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the summit would be "an important step in the right direction" and called on the U.S. and North Korea to "engage in dialogue sooner rather than later".

"The Korean Peninsula issue has finally taken an important step in the right direction, " Yi told journalists on the sidelines of the National People's Congress, China's annual parliamentary session.

He also laid out China's foreign policy vision from Africa to Latin America.

The free trade pact will cover more population and involve more diverse economies than any other similar initiative.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, "Despite some tests and difficulties, the China-India relationship continues to grow".

Trump said the U.S. is going to stop the trans-shipping.

"President Xi's leadership and charisma has earned him and his country many good friends, among foreign leaders who represent a diverse range of cultures and social systems", he said.

Such a conflict "will only harm everyone and China will surely make a justified and necessary response".

Trump also took to Twitter to say the USA had asked China to "develop a plan for the year of a One Billion Dollar reduction in their massive Trade Deficit with the United States". Trump tweeted hours before Wang took the stage in Beijing.

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"The misuse of the "national security exception" clause by the United States is wanton destruction of the multilateral trade system represented by the WTO (World Trade Organisation) and will surely have a serious impact on the normal worldwide trade order".

The US president mentioned China several times as he signed two proclamations to impose import duties on steel and aluminium.

China and the United States "don't need to be rivals, they should be partners".

China's exports surged in February while the country's politically sensitive trade surplus widened amid mounting tension with Washington.

The US, which only this week increased its sanctions on Pyongyang over the death of Mr Kim's brother Kim jong-nam, has said it is open to talking to North Korea, but only if it commits to denuclearisation.

The amount is a drop in the bucket compared with record $375.2 billion trade deficit with China the USA racked up previous year.

Big picture: The high US trade deficit is a big sticking point for President Trump, who's vowed to bring it down sharply. This put January up 16.2 per cent over January of 2017, with exports trailing imports.

Data from the General Administration of Customs released on Thursday showed coal arrivals COA-IMP-TOT dropped to 20.9 million tonnes last month from 27.8 million tonnes in January, when freezing weather boosted demand.


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