Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Is this a new Trump? Abrupt reversals may reflect experience

"You know, you're talking about life and death". "We had the most attractive piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen, and President Xi was enjoying it, and I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded". He said a US declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardize talks with China on North Korea.

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North Korea has warned the United States not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks".

Speaking to the Associated Press in an interview Friday, North Korea's vice foreign minister said that any sign of "reckless" military aggression on the part of the US could lead Pyongyang to launch a preemptive strike of its own. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he and Xi had had "a very good call" about Pyongyang. The two authoritarian governments support each other on major foreign policy problems, dislike domestic protest and see the USA in a similar way.

The dessert diplomacy seems to have sweetened Trump's relationship with Xi.

Now, with Manafort and campaign adviser Carter Page under investigation for their contacts with Russia, Trump is following another time-honored showbiz practice, whereby at the first sign of trouble colleagues are quietly replaced on a picture or otherwise passive-aggressively dumped (remember when Mel Gibson was supposed to have a cameo in "The Hangover Part II", then suddenly didn't?).

"It is true that China is not a currency manipulator", Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement Thursday.

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China quickly responded to the new jousting in the nuclear hotspot, saying there will be no victor in a war between the USA and North Korea. Even Chinese solar panels are flooding the US market, pushing domestic solar producers out of business, he said. First, while Xi was visiting last week, Trump ordered 59 cruise missiles fired on a Syrian air base in response to government forces' alleged use of a sarin-like nerve agent.

Derek Scissors, a specialist in U.S. "All the problems the previous administration had still remain", she said.

This week, the US president diverted an aircraft carrier toward the seas off the divided Korean Peninsula to deter North Korea from conducting another nuclear or missile test.

Therefore, currency manipulation is the "macro" issue at hand because it's baked into all Chinese products at once, Mr. Paul said.

Economist Dean Baker of the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research says the timing of Trump's change of views was likely related to an annual report on trade manipulators that is due from the Treasury this weekend. And he left open the possibility of re-nominating Janet Yellen for a second four-year term as Fed chair.

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