US – China Rift Increases Tensions After Failed International Trade Talks

Twenty-one countries met in Papua, New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific trade talks.

President Donald Trump did not attend, but sent Vice President Mike Pence in his stead.

Most of the other nations were represented by their leaders, including China with President Xi Jinping.

During parts of the trade summit, Jinping and Pence exchanged harsh words towards the other’s nation.

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Pence stood firm in the stance taken by President Trump and his efforts to make international trade agreements to benefit America instead of allowing everyone else to take advantage of as they have in the past.

When the trade talks concluded, little was accomplished other than causing other world leaders to come away fearing what the growing tensions between the US and China will result in.

USA Today – ‘Entire world is worried’ after rancorous Asia-Pacific trade summit – World leaders meeting for Asia-Pacific trade talks in Papua New Guinea wrapped up a divisive, two-day summit Sunday after failing to agree on a group statement amid a widening rift in U.S.-China relations.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he will release a “chairman’s statement” in the next few days on behalf of the 21-nation gathering. O’Neill acknowledged that “the entire world is worried” about tensions between the two superpowers.

The struggle to find common ground did not bode well for a crucial meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping scheduled for the G-20 meeting in Argentina at month’s end.

Trump was conspicuously absent from the Asia gathering, sending Vice President Mike Pence in his steadPence and Xi swapped barbs, setting a contentious tone for trade talks involving 60 percent of the world economy…

For decades, American leadership has been weak and regularly caved into the demands made by other countries, creating a very unbalanced international trade situation with America getting the short end of it.

Part of President Trump’s agenda of making America great again is to revamp international trade to make it fairer for America, American businesses and the American people, something that neither Democrats nor Republicans have been willing to do.

The problem with China is that they know that Barack Obama drastically weakened out military to the point of not being able to withstand an attack if that is the route they decide to take, so they can afford to stand their ground against the US.

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