Harder on Russia and softer on China, Trump's views evolving

Harder on Russia and softer on China, Trump's views evolving

American President Donald Trump, during his election campaign had decried North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying that its days were over and that since the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries are not paying their share of bills, why should the United States pay their bills?

Gold gained 0.7 percent to hit a five-month high of US$1,295.5 per ounce on continued concerns on tensions over North Korea.

On the American request of help China said that North Korea is not prepared to listen to it.

Mr Trump described the force as an "armada" and said the submarines being sent were "far more powerful than the aircraft carrier".

This is a huge turnaround from Trump's rhetoric during his campaign a year ago where he raised the possibility of labeling Korea and other major trading partners including China, Japan and Germany as currency manipulators, which could have led to regulatory actions that would hamper imported goods from these countries.

Recent firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles from its warship by the United States in Syria and dropping mother of all bombs in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border are all signals America is giving to North Korea that if it carries out its sixth ballistic missile test then United States will bomb it. He added that the North Korean leader's unpredictability complicated USA strategy. The comments came as North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile that quickly blew up early Sunday. "We will see what happens!", Trump wrote. In its report, the department points out that China's recent moves to prevent its currency from falling in value benefited the US because it prevented capital markets turmoil in China that could have spilled overseas.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's unpredictability has made strategising hard for the USA, according to Donald Trump's national security adviser.

The biggest focus during the Asian trading hours is China's economic data, due at 0200 GMT, including January-March GDP. If only the USA could compel China to drive North Korea to the negotiating table over its nukes program. And that's an outcome China really doesn't want. That's something Trump will discover in the Middle East, assuming he tries to press Israel to make real concessions to the Palestinians. A "better" trade deal is only a meaningful prize compared to some baseline.

Any such tariffs - for example, an anti-dumping tariff on steel - are going to be challenged by China before the World Trade Organization. But Trump killed the TPP in his first week in office.

McMaster's use of "provocative" and "destabilising" to describe North Korea echoes administrations of both parties that have attempted to rally others on the global stage, including China, to help prevent fresh war on the peninsula.

Noah Feldman is a professor of constitutional and worldwide law at Harvard University and was a clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

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