President Trump, China, North Korea discussed on Morning Edition

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The stops with welcoming ceremony in fact there's been almost at competition among the president's asian hose to see who can stage the most elaborate welcome of course ceremony is one of many areas where china is a superpower are they have the backdrop of china in the forbidden city to do it with but when they get down to talking are some tough issues here's scott what does the president hoped to accomplish well absolutely a north korea is high on that list china is north korea's number one trading partner and the administration wants she to use his economic leverage there to put pressure on kim jonghoon and put the brakes on that nuclear program the white house says china has done some of that suspending coal purchases from north korea for example and directing chinese banks not to do business with pyongyang but trump says china and other countries must do more to stop the nuclear adventures of north korea and he stressed that point when he spoke earlier today to the south korean national assembly in seoul dorrell cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with no clear devastation all responsible nations must joined forced to isolate the brutal regime of north korea trump tried to underscore that get tough message with a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone that divides north and south korea the president and his entourage took off in helicopters this morning but they were prevented from landing at the dmz by heavy fog okay so that's the national security or even global security part of this but then there's trade what is the present in hoping to get out of china there yeah the present often complains about the big us trade deficit with china and his administration has catalogued a long list of what they see as unfair trading practices by beijing but despite that tough talk trump has not really taken any strong retaliatory action so far in his administration uh if he tries to lecture china during this trip some analysts expect the government here will just not along politely and then keep doing what they've been doing all on scott i have to ask you about something rather awkward that has taken place in the last number of hours here in china.

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