|Xi's handshake dominates Trump's|
The question remains, will Xi kiss our president's gold ring and say, "Your wish is my command, Don Trump."
But seriously, this meeting is going to be one of the most critical meetings Trump will have while at the G20. He has already answered Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's probing question as to where Mr. Trump gets his hair cut, and now he must face even bigger world issues.
China is North Korea's biggest trading partner, and has likely provided the regime with the mobile missile launchers they're using to flip the U.S. off. But this also gives China a large influence over Pyongyang and its development of a nuclear warhead.
Trump said that ending North Korea's missile testing "may take longer than I'd like, it may take longer than you'd like. But there will be success in the end one way or another."
It is unclear as to how long either gentlemen would like North Korea's threat to end, but it's highly likely that it's Trump whose timeline is significantly shorter than Xi's because China isn't the nation being threatened by a short, fat lunatic.
"Something has to be done," Trump added wisely.
Xi also got a word in but his comments were in Chinese, which Trump doesn't understand, and the interpreter was apparently on a tea and fortune cookie break.
Trump 'the businessman' said "many things have happened" that created trade imbalances between the US and China but "we're going to turn that around."
Trump was surrounded by about a dozen of his top administration officials and a boatload of Secret Service agents prepared to take a bullet for him. Among those who aren't were Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and son-in-law cum adviser Jared Kushner.
According to a Pentagon spokesman, the missile North Korea test-launched Tuesday was a type not previously seen by U.S. analysts. My guess is that it came from either China, Russia or Iran.
After said launch, Trump expressed frustration with China over the fact that trade not only hasn't decreased or remained the same, it actually expanded!
The President had originally expressed optimism after his first meeting with Xi, where they said they'd work together to rein in Kim Jong Un. That debacle ended in a Wednesday tweet by Trump: "Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us--but we had to give it a try!"
Those exclamation marks have become a signature punctuation for our president.
China has a history of allowing North Korea to slide when it comes to sanctions, partly out of fear of the instability that might occur with their "next-door neighbor" which also might result of an inundation of North Koreans fleeing to China.
China also worries that a democratic Korea, that is, a Korea sans Kim Jong Un and future Kims, would be dominated by South Korea and put a U.S. ally along with U.S. military forces, on its border.
Rex Tillerson wants "stronger measures" holding NoKo accountable. "Global action is required to stop a global threat," he said, adding that any country that helps North Korea militarily or economically , taking in guest workers or failing to fully meet Security Council resolutions is "aiding and abetting a dangerous regime."
But Tillerson diplomatically didn't mention China.