China Gets Everything It Wanted From Trump’s Meeting With Kim

China Gets Everything It Wanted From Trump’s Meeting With Kim

The biggest winner from President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — aside from Kim himself — was unquestionably the government of President Xi Jinping, which had been advocating the very process that Trump has now embarked upon.
In talks with Kim on Tuesday in Singapore, Trump committed to an open-ended negotiating process and said the U.S. would also suspend military exercises with South Korea. Given that North Korea has halted missile and nuclear tests, that amounted to the dialogue and “suspension-for-suspension” model that China has advocated for years.
For good measure, Trump again called Xi a close friend and thanked him for China’s role in strengthening sanctions against North Korea. Xi’s presence hung over Tuesday’s talks: China’s leader met twice with Kim in recent weeks and an Air China Ltd jet ferried the North Korean ruler to Singapore from Pyongyang on June 10 ahead of the summit.
Trump’s diplomacy “sends all the wrong messages to China, North Korea and Russia,” said Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. “If the U.S. is prepared to make this promise to a brutal dictator.