President Donald Trump is making his first official visit to China amid regional tensions on trade and North Korea.
Trump landed in Beijing on Wednesday following events in South Korea. He is scheduled to meet multiple times with China’s President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) during the two-day visit.
Xi was treating Trump to a lavish welcoming ceremony and tour of the Forbidden City, home to China’s ancient imperial palaces. The visit comes hours after Trump addressed South Korea’s National Assembly and pressured China to stop supporting North Korea.
Trump made equalizing trade with China a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. But he has signaled that he may ease up in exchange for China’s help with North Korea.
China is the third stop on Trump’s Asia tour. The trip opened in Japan.
President Donald Trump has paid his respects at Seoul National Cemetery in South Korea.
Trump was greeted at the cemetery by crowds waving U.S. and South Korean flags. Trump and his wife, Melania, walked slowly toward a tall granite monument and watched as an honor guard positioned a wreath of white carnations. The president and first lady then donned white gloves to sprinkle handfuls of incense into a cauldron that began to smoke gently.
They bowed their heads as four trumpets sounded mournfully.
Trump visited the cemetery after delivering an address to South Korean lawmakers about the threat posed by North Korea.
President Donald Trump is telling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the weapons he’s acquiring are putting his nation in “grave danger.”
Trump delivered that message during a speech Wednesday to South Korean lawmakers in Seoul.
Trump says to Kim that the nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles he’s acquiring “are not making you safer” but “are putting your regime in grave danger.”
Kim has threatened the U.S. and its regional allies, including Japan and South Korea, with multiple weapons tests this year.
Trump recently vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if its threats continue.
President Donald Trump is using a speech in front of the South Korean National Assembly to talk about one of his golf courses.
Trump is reminding lawmakers in the National Assembly hall on Wednesday that when the U.S. Women’s Open was held at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, earlier this year, many South Korean players did well.
The winner, Park Sung-hyun, was South Korean — as were a number of other top finishers.
Trump has been criticized by ethics experts for failing to completely divest his assets and using the presidency to promote his hotels and golf clubs and enrich himself.
President Donald Trump is delivering a blunt warning to North Korea: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.”
Trump is sending the message during a speech Wednesday in Seoul to South Korea’s National Assembly.
The president says the U.S. will not allow its cities to be threatened with destruction. He says it also won’t be intimidated by threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump says the world cannot tolerate the “menace” of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation. He’s urging all “responsible nations” to unite to deny North Korea any form of support or acceptance.
A day earlier, Trump signaled a willingness to negotiate. He urged North Korea to “come to the table” and “make a deal” over its nuclear weapons program.
President Donald Trump is painting a bleak portrait of North Korea in a keynote speech to South Korean lawmakers.
Trump says life under the leadership of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “so bleak” that North Koreans bribe government officials to leave the country so they can work as slaves.
Says Trump: “They would rather be slaves than live in North Korea.”
Trump is contrasting life in the two Koreas – the democratic South and the communist North. He notes that South Korea’s economy is booming while in North Korea families live in homes without plumbing and that fewer than half of the population has electricity.
South Korea is the second stop on Trump’s five-country tour of Asia.
President Donald Trump is telling South Korea’s National Assembly that he wants “peace through strength.”