China's biggest North Korea taboo: Discussing life after Kim

The Japan Times

HONG KONG โ€“ In discussions between the U.S. and China about reining in North Korea, one topic remains taboo: What would happen if Kim Jong Un's regime collapses? For years, China has rebuffed U.S. attempts to raise the topic at so-called Track 2 dialogue sessions between academics in each country's foreign policy establishment, according to Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, who has led the U.S. side in such talks. Attendees included people from Chinese government-affiliated research institutions and military officers, she said. From China's perspective, officially broaching the issue could alarm its neighbor, which has received Beijing's backing since the Korean War in the 1950s. There's also a fear that it would give the U.S. an advantage in one day reunifying the Korean Peninsula on its terms.


Xi and Modi agree to reduce tensions on Chinese-Indian border

The Japan Times

BEIJING โ€“ Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended informal meetings in China Saturday with a promise to reduce border tensions after a high-altitude standoff in the Himalayas last year. The leaders have spent two days in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for discussions on how to mend ties strained when troops from both sides came eyeball-to-eyeball in the disputed Doklam area. The leaders "underscored the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility in all areas of the India-China border region," Indian's foreign ministry said in a statement following the meeting. "They issued strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs," it said, adding the two sides will "earnestly implement various confidence building measures." New Delhi has also raised concerns about Beijing's Belt and Road initiative, a global trade infrastructure program that includes a major project through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, disputed territory that New Delhi claims is illegally occupied.


Obama Re-Emerges on Global Stage With Trip to Asia, France

U.S. News

Obama's office says he arrived in Shanghai on Tuesday to speak at a business conference. He'll also address an education conference in Beijing before meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping. Then in India, Obama will speak at a leadership meeting in New Delhi and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He'll also hold a town hall meeting for young people hosted by his foundation.


Donald Trump to talk trade and N Korea in China visit

Al Jazeera

Shanghai, China - A trade deficit that US President Donald Trump has called "embarrassing" and the increasing threat posed by North Korea will be atop the agenda on his first official visit to Beijing on Wednesday. Trump has embarked on a 12-day trip to the Asia-Pacific and will arrive in China just two weeks after the end of the 19th Communist Party congress, which saw President Xi Jinping consolidate his power. Describing Trump's tour as a "historic opportunity", China's ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, said the "state visit-plus" will include a banquet, a military honour guard, and other "special arrangements". While the Chinese government is expected to give Trump lavish treatment, many Chinese are less excited about his visit. "Lots of Chinese people don't like Trump, and he doesn't like us," Zhang Xing, a 24-year-old woman who works for a Spanish trading company and is originally from Xi'an, home of China's famous terracotta army and capital of Shaanxi province in central China, told Al Jazeera.


At summit, Xi calls for cooperation with India amid territorial tensions

The Japan Times

BEIJING โ€“ Chinese President Xi Jinping called for stepped-up cooperation with India during an informal summit Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amid tensions along their contested border and a rivalry for influence with their smaller neighbors that could determine dominance in Asia. Xi greeted Modi at the provincial museum in the city of Wuhan at the start of two days of talks between the heads of the world's two most populous nations. "Conducting great cooperation by our two great countries can generate worldwide influence," Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV. Xi said he hoped the meeting would "usher in a new chapter of China-India relations." Following their talks, the leaders were to dine lakeside at a resort that had been a favorite of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong, who formed strong ties with an independent India before relations deteriorated over territorial disputes.