Announced – President Trump and Chairman Xi Will Meet During G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan….

President Trump tweeted about a phone call this morning with Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping. There will be a G20 meeting between Trump and Xi. So, extending our conversation from yesterday…. the “magnanimous panda” approach appears confirmed.

[White House] President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Xi Jinping of China this morning. The two leaders discussed the importance of leveling the playing field for U.S. farmers, workers, and businesses through a fair and reciprocal economic relationship. This includes addressing structural barriers to trade with China and achieving meaningful reforms that are enforceable and verifiable. The leaders also discussed regional security issues. The two Presidents look forward to meeting again in Osaka, Japan at the G20 Summit. (read more)

With Chairman Xi Jinping traveling to North Korea for talks with his captive Kim Jong Un prior to the G20; and with the meeting between Xi and Trump confirmed; it certainly looks like Beijing is deflecting the weakness of their economic/trade position by shifting the optic toward a geopolitical magnanimous panda.  The scale of the uprising in Hong Kong was also a likely influence on the margins.

What we don’t know is whether Xi will tell/threaten Kim Jong Un to wait-out President Trump, with warnings that Trump may not be around to save him after 2020…. If Xi takes that approach with Kim it means his thinking is similar; if so, the Chairman is taking a big gamble on his own economic survival by trying to wait-out President Trump.

However, if Xi tells Kim Jong Un that Kim’s captivity is over, then the denuclearization of North Korea will be the visible outcome.  In this scenario Xi will play the role of magnanimous panda and *guide* Kim into the West.  South Korean President Moon Jae-in will be heralded as the hero so that Xi doesn’t look like he lost to Trump.

President Trump has threatened more tariffs and more consequential action as it relates to non-tariff barriers, IP protection, forced technology transfers etc as a result of China reneging on their prior agreement. In essence, President Trump has put Chairman Xi under threat. Beijing’s traditional and cultural position would be no-meeting and no negotiation while under threats.

Chairman Xi agreeing to meet with President Trump at the G20 would normally be a sign of weakness due to Trump threats.  This indicates that some outcome from the meeting with Kim will flip “weakness” to “strength” in the eyes of China.

My best guess would be the magnanimous panda play.

However, watch out for the delay and stall approach to wait-out Trump until 2020.

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115 Responses to Announced – President Trump and Chairman Xi Will Meet During G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan….

  1. snellvillebob says:

    I am sure that the obama, Kerry, Clinton, Bush Crowd have been telling Xi just that, to wait Trump out for 1-1/2 years.
    You know China stands to lose $400 billion in profits every year for a bunch of years if trade were balanced. It would be cheap to buy off all our Senators and Representatives with $100 million each. It would only cost them $53.5 billion once.

    Liked by 2 people

    • joshuamayes5487 says:

      Unlike them Xi does have a modicum of intelligence though.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Dee Paul Deje says:

      I’m sure Chinese intelligence has pictures of the gathering crowd for the MAGA rally in Orlando tonight to compare to Joe Biden’s school gym photoshopped pics.

      Liked by 14 people

      • The Demon Slick says:

        Democrats can’t get that many people, but somehow they come up with all those ballots. The reason democrats are so mad they lost, the reason they were so sure they won, is because they knew how much they cheated. It enraged them because they didn’t cheat enough. We overwhelmed them with actual voters. I expect MASSIVE cheating this time around. I think everyone does. I hope President Trump has a plan.

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        • Dee Paul Deje says:

          Spot on. Cheating and phony polls. I can’t wait to see them reverse course on their electoral college end-run when VSGPDJT wins the popular vote as well.

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        • Saul says:

          There’s a reason The Wall is being built and President Trump announced a couple days ago that ICE will begin to deport all illegal aliens in the country. 😉 As is well my friend President Trump has got this covered!

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    • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

      What are the chances the phony polls on Fox News etc. were designed to create that impression to China and co.?
      The globalists sure don’t want the China cheap labor train to end.

      Liked by 9 people

    • littlequilterkitty says:

      Problem is, too many of our representatives are already owned by China. Think, Di-Chi from the Democrat-Communist Federation of California. It’s the reason our economy was in the shape that it was when President Trump took over.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Most likely 60/40 scenario is wait out Trump until 2020. However, China could capitulate and sign the Trump fair trade deal IF Trump ok’s Huawei 5g and releases CEO’s daughter from Canada. Icing on cake, Kim denukes with security guarantee’s from China.

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    • David A says:

      China stands to lose that business effectively forever with strong tariffs for one more year.

      Liked by 2 people

    • DWC says:

      It doesn’t work that way. If Xi decides to wait it out until 2020 POTUS Trump’s tariffs will remain and companies will continue to relocate to other than China locations to avoid upcoming punitive regulations therefore creating alternative supply chains. In addition, since China is a state controlled economy they will continue subsidizing the Chinese manufacturers so as to be able to compete with the companies who left China and others who are not encumbered with the tariffs.

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    • Sofa King says:

      China just got a wake up call, and it wasn’t from Trump.
      a MILLION Hong Kong protestors just shut down China’s ambitions.
      THAT is the threat China can not tolerate, especially with a recession/depression looming…

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  2. sucesfuloser says:

    Interesting, another date to look forward to. End of sentence prepositions; A-OK.

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  3. joshuamayes5487 says:

    How can you stop someone who is not afraid to dance with the dragon?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Do you think he came to terms with the risk to his life?

      It was Mark Twain or someone else whose quote I heard that a coward dies many times, while a hero only faces one death. The cowards anticipate death with fear and the heroes make a decision and do not quail at the cost.

      PLus, he’s clearly enjoying having so much opportunity to deliver punches to their own weak throws, as well as getting so much air time by the media and deep state incapable of shutting themselves up about him.

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  4. Kim fires big missiles over Japan just prior to (or early during) G20 to show NoKo will wait out PDJT. Per Xi’s orders. “Not only no but hell no.”

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  5. GB Bari says:

    Fully concur with the last sentence.
    China / Xi have zero credibility and should be dealt with accordingly.

    By this time PDJT and his teams know this to be fact and have their strategies appropriately planned.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. fangdog says:

    Waiting out Trump until 2020 is a waste of time. Trump will win by a landslide bigger than any President in our history.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Dee Paul Deje says:

      Record low unemployment, lower taxes, higher wages, low inflation, less regulation, and on and on and on. But the Democrats promise to change all that if they are elected.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Two factors HAVE to be dealt with…strategic shipping of illlegals to red states to change the demographic of voters:
        And how much phony voting can they achieve – or will they be able to if we don’t take measures, such as not having foreign enemies counting the votes or tech IT hacking and changing them (In Silicon Valley after OBama’s 2nd election we had tweets all over the place bragging about how easy it was to overturn electronic voting…and there was no risk for them admitting it here because of course there’s only support for that kind of thing in the belly of the beast, CA.

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      • sickconservative says:

        Can’t have a better platform than that, we will undo what’s working how could they lose.

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    • permiejack says:

      Be sure that xi knows about the Potus rally today. Does that rally look like he will lose or has little support? I wouldn’t bet my country’s livelihood on it.

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  7. roger duroid says:

    You are too generous. Those hoes would do it for for far less, IMO.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Media and demorats are underestimating POTUS and his supporters as usual! They have no idea! How the heck did fox come up with the ridiculous poslls? Trump should not tell them his internals are great! Just ignore them

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  9. ALEX says:

    Nice work from the very beginning of the Trump Administration on this subject Sundance. There are few voices attempting to do this type of analysis and quite frankly the click bait world doesn’t have the skills….

    We need China for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, so this is excellent news so far. It gives China some face if that’s their goal, because they are being badly outplayed by President Trump on the trade side.

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  10. Defanged says:

    IMO…Whatever the message delivered/announced after G20, Xi’s real intention is to stall and hope Trump loses in 2020.

    As SD has pointed out many times, there are trillions at stake.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Garry Smith says:

      The difference is that Trump’s future doesn’t depend upon how well he cheats.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Dutchman says:

      I’m not sure China CAN wait out till 2020. Because the only economic #’s we get are from CCP, and they lie and cheat, everyone starts by assuming their #’s are ‘cooked’, and all guestimate how much they are cooked.

      So, even B.T. (Before Trump, Before Tariffs) their #’s were “off”. Of COARSE they are going to jigger them even more, A.T.

      I am thinking its possible they are projecting out, 1 1/2 years, and seeing their position as untenable, and unrecoverable at that point.

      In other words, even if DJT were to lose in 2020, wouldn’t matter, cause their economy and rule will have disintegrated by then.

      The exodus of manufacturing jobs, bankrupting of their reserves to try to prop up the economy, adverse effects of devalueing currency, housing bubble burst and food shortages is simply too much, in too short a time.

      They were so consumed with the long term, the ‘long game’ 100 year plan, that they didn’t pay enough attemtion to PDJT’s “2 year plan”, and so confident muh Russia weisman/mueller would save them, that they put all their survival eggs, in that one very leaky basket.

      Just saying its possible they are in much worse shape than prognostications think, in which case Xi isn’t negotiating to save “face”; he is negotiating for SURVIVAL.

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      • Grassleysgirl/Breitbartista says:

        I hope and pray THIS everyday.
        And with President Trumps badgers at the’ AT’ helm, U.S. has a real shot.🐼

        Liked by 2 people

        • Dutchman says:

          Additional way to view it; millions of government run companies, each cooking the books, to make their CCP managers look good, to those higher up. Major downturn, obviously they are going to minimise it initially, hoping its temporary. At some point they have to square the circle, to ‘reconcile’ the #’s, and the full depth of the hole they are in becomes apperent.
          First rule of holes; quit digging!

          Again not sayin its happening, just MIGHT. As was posted recently, when USSR ‘collapsed’ it was ‘sudden and unexpected’, by everyone but Reagan.

          Praying

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      • My company HEAVILY invested in CHina and all business with them has been stopped for a few months now, in terms of their not giving us any business there. Plus, we are doing very very well right now, but nervous investors are asking us to double and even triple our profits. It doesn’t take a lot of insight to guess that is due to nervousness about the situation.

        Needless to say, I’m not aligned with my company and their present values.

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        • Dutchman says:

          So, if your companies situation is typical, China closed their market, at the onset of tariffs?

          Predictable but only making bad situation worse. Only ‘bait’ they have, to lure companies in, is the ‘promise’ of a ‘market of billions’.

          Take that away, they are taking the only ‘lure’ they have. And, threatening to seize assets is another bone headed, predictable move on CCP’s part.

          Perhaps there will be “Darwin awards” for the companies too stupid to read the writing on the wall? GMC tops the list, but there will be others,…

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      • Sofa King says:

        Thank you Dutchman.
        There are many snarky comments on this thread, but few contributions.

        This is mine: China will NEVER let N. Korea out of their grasp.
        Imagine a hostile Britain right off the coast of New York. That is Japan. Cuba is roughly equivalent to Taiwan. Imagine Florida, independent and split in half, the south openly allied with your adversary, who has troops and bases there. The north is, for all intents and purposes, yours.
        The border is within artillery range of your capital.

        Would YOU yield the North? It would be the strategic mistake of the millienia.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Thats a point of view, certainly.
          Similar arguments could be made about USSR and Poland,…..and Hungary,…oh, and Chekoslavakia,…well, you get my point.
          CCP are BULLIES, and so the “One China” policy is demanding your lunch money.
          Stand up, and be surprised how quickly a bully decides he doesn’t REALLY need your lunch money, when you have his throat clenched in one hand, his b*lls clenched in the other, he is slammed up against a wall, and your SQUEEZING.
          IF I am right, and PDJT has no intention of making a deal, and is going to continue to squeeze, Norks, Taiwan Hong Kong and Singapore will be out from under the dragons shadow. But, “We’ll see what happens”,…

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      And what happens if: we impose a 25% tariff on the remaining $300 Billion in exports?

      1. Will their economy free fall?

      2. How many corporations will exit then?

      3. How hard will Xi punish said companies?

      4. Which means corporations moving to China become zero (0).

      5. What happens to their currency?

      Can they live with – all of the above – for 18 months?

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  11. Defanged says:

    Will Kim have any say in the matter?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Pa Hermit says:

      Ya can never underestimate the power of freedom. I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that POTUS know how to sway people with the promise of the power of the dollar! Don’t forget that since Trump has engaged with Kim, the latter has gone from uniform wearing to suit wearing! That’s more a mark of a diplomat than a dictator! MAGA (Maybe even make the World great again!)

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  12. Jim in TN says:

    Question: Is North Korea a drag on China’s economy, or is it a boon?

    When Germany united, the East was a big financial drag on the West. Long term it has strengthened Germany financially, but weakened them politically.

    Denuclearization will be followed by removal of sanctions and some economic openness. At least as much as the North can tolerate. This can translate the burdens of supporting North Korea from China to South Korea and America.

    And it will free up the Chinese banks that had to back off of supporting N.K. due to sanctions.

    So rephrasing the Question: Can China use denuclearization of N.K. to their financial benefit? (Or is the geopolitical benefit of having a crazy puppet too much to give up?)

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      YES!~

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    • Esther says:

      Jim in TN – NK is a drag on China as well as the USA.
      Think how much it costs us to maintain so much hardware and military in S. Korea and the region. That’s also a drain on our treasury. We don’t really get anything back from it other than ‘security’. A viable productive N. Korea is far more beneficial to the world’s economy and a hedge against PRC spreading. More food for both China and NK too, people of both countries are starving.

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  13. Kristin DeBacco says:

    Because the Boss is showing up. I envy all the attendees. Wish I was there!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • There were 106,000 who registered and only 20,000 could get in and so reports are that Trump has hired a band and tons of giant screens so that they will experience it too!

      There are 400 volunteers for Trump’s conference. That surpasses the attendees for all of the candidates gatherings so far.

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  14. President just ignore fake poslls

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  15. Spectre says:

    Thanks for all the work you do SD. You’re indispensable.

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Brant says:

    Can Xi afford to wait 1.5 more years? It is a game of chicken pure and simple.

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    • Brant says:

      I wonder if Xi will wait for IG report and other Barr/Durham possible activities. If those start kicking into high gear, he will decide. Maybe something will come or before the Japan meeting that will push him. Maybe something was said in the phone call.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Put yourself in there position, as an individual or small company;

      You KNOW what your income is.

      You know what your outgo is.

      You know your reserve.

      You can go, for awhile ‘treading water’, i.e. income = outgo.

      And, you can go ‘in the hole’, FOR A WHILE, that is income < outgo, by making up difference from reserves, and cutting back on non essentials.

      But, if you project out no change in that situation you will deplete your reserves, and CONTINUE bleeding money. There IS a point of no return, and it IS predictable.

      Not saying its for sure, JUST saying its POSSIBLE that,….well,
      THIS is what WINNING looks like.
      But, "we'll see what happens",..

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      • Speculation:
        Xi will cut a deal and reneg after the 2020 election if POTUS is replaced or if the swing votes in one branch of Congress can be bought.

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        • Dutchman says:

          He already knows how many votes he owns, in Congress.
          But yeah, as it stands now PDJT (and his wolverines) are the only thing preventing a renig.

          Thats why I think PDJT is,going to go for the juggular. ONLY way to insure China doesn’t renig after he leaves office. Put them out of business.

          The best, tightest agreement in the world means NOTHING if those supposedly representing U.S. are bought/paid for by China.

          Stake the heart, behead and buried head seperate from body, to make sure can NOT resurect. We made that mistake, once!

          Lets really banish CCP to the ash heap of history!

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    • desperatelyseekingmelania says:

      He has to calculate whether or not he can wait 5.5 years. 1.5 years is just hope, and hope is not a plan.

      Liked by 2 people

  17. marywilbur says:

    Your right on the button as always; delay and stall to wait out 2020 is the logical outcome of this affair.

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  18. SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

    It sure is a possibility that they stall it out and listen to Creepy China Joe and Fake News polls.

    But even if they wait until 2020 the next 18 months would be hell for their economy if they don’t make a deal now.
    It might not be in their DNA but they will still see the numbers which must be terrifying. Huawaii going down alone could break them.

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  19. Perot Conservative says:

    A 25% tariff on an additional $300 Billion in exports would be market shaking. My guess is Trump may ratchet it in like he did for Mexico, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, to not rattle markets too much.

    Strong Q2 GDP number, USMCA approved and Japan deal inked, our position becomes even stronger.

    (Atlanta Fed now estimating Q2 at 2.0% GDP growth.)

    Interesting times. Trump adding a few chapters to tariff history.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. jb says:

    “The scale of the uprising in Hong Kong was also a likely influence on the margins.”….
    will be nothing compared to the one in Taiwan.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Guyski says:

    What information, hard facts, statistical data does China look at too determine what will happen in 2020? If they rely on American media and American polling they can’t be that bright.

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    • Both Kim, AND I believe Xi too, have disparaged the mainstream American media. They were fooled once by the coverage of Hillary’s certain win.

      Talking about trillions. Do we realize what was in place to happen right when she would have been elected?

      That would have been an enormous disaster that they had to absorb, to hide the shadow one world government that was operating as if America would be no more all during Obama’s reign of terror.

      I still think this is why Hillary and Pelosi are so vocal. If they go quiet there is a huge possibility of them being taken out for fear that they’ll turn on their partners in crime. Best to remain visible so that their deaths would cause a massive response, rather than have it be ignored if they are out of plain sight.

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  22. SwampRatTerrier says:

    RE: “What we don’t know is whether Xi will tell/threaten Kim Jong Un to wait-out President Trump, with warnings that Trump may not be around to save him after 2020….”

    If President Xi Xi is that STUPID then everybody better tweet this to him non-stop for the next 2 years.

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  23. ltravisjr says:

    Hmm I wonder if all these recent polls showing Trump down to everyone are being packaged just as much for Xi’s eyes to convince him he can wait Trump out until 2020.

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  24. chojun says:

    I’m not certain anymore that the DPRK has any choice in the matter with respect to denuclearization. This is because I have a feeling that the DPRK’s nuclear program is really a front for China’s nuclear program.

    China conducted tests all the way up until 1996, when they signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. That, conveniently, is around the time that North Korea began scaling up their nuclear testing program via Kim Jong-il.

    A denuclearized NK would, I theorize, be an event whereby China removes its testing programs from North Korea and leaves them twisting in the wind. China presenting North Korea to the US in exchange for favorable trade deals would be an empty victory for the US – but would be a massive victory on humanitarian grounds for the Korean peoples.

    North Korea supposedly has a nuclear weapons program but very little ability to deliver these weapons to their targets (via ballistic missile technology). Their military hardware through all branches of service is rusting and ancient in terms of modern military technology. It makes literally zero sense that North Korea would have such a program without the ability to use it to defend themselves. I hope all of this sheds some light on the possibility that magnanimous panda may also be scheming dragon.

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    • Devil in the Blue Drapes says:

      Never underestimate China. Remember, aside from military technology Bill & Hillary sold them on the way out the door, Hillary’s bathroom server may as well have been set up in Beijing.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Ready Steady Go says:

      Bingo! It’s always been Chinese scientists, technology, missiles, and nukes. The country is ruled by Chinese generals not Kim. Noko is a province of China. That is the price Kim’s grandfather paid during the war. The Kim family is a powerless monarchy. China gives up nothing in this deal. I would think Trump knows this already.

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      • chojun says:

        +1. And people seem to ignore how China is seemingly not conducting nuclear weapons development but is making great strides in space technology. The technology to accurately shoot satellites into space is the same technology to place nuclear warheads over a target.

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        • MaineCoon says:

          Short video posted in South China Morning Post Entitled, “China’s first satellite launch from floating sea platform sees it rocket ahead in space race”.

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  25. Evelyn says:

    Welp, as Mark Twain said, history may not repeat itself but it does rhyme. From Isaiah 45 about the gentile King Cyrus, written hundreds of years before he was born, relates to our POTUS 45:

    “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
    to subdue nations before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
    to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
    2
    I will go before you
    and will level the mountains;
    I will break down gates of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.
    3
    I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
    so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
    4
    For the sake of Jacob my servant,
    of Israel my chosen,
    I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge me.

    14 This is what the Lord says:“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
    and those tall Sabeans—they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying,
    ‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other;
    there is no other god.’”

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  26. 1) How much would Xi be taking Obama and Hillary’s advice when the whole world can see how radically they’ve misread Trump? What strength is there in it, unless Xi also has TDS, which nothing seems to indicate?

    2) HOWEVER, what is the possibility that embedded communists have more clout than Xi and his apparent camaraderie with Trump is not indicative of CHina’s overall response to Trump?

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  27. MaineCoon says:

    Here’s the Chinese slant on all this.

    FTA: Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with US President Donald Trump on the phone on Tuesday, at the request of the latter, and agreed on a meeting later this month, sending some positive signal for a possible breakthrough to the stalled trade talks between the two countries.

    “We also hope that the US will treat Chinese companies fairly.

    Trump taking the initiative of reaching out to Xi shows that the US president is now under tremendous pressure, especially as the presidential election campaign has begun and the US economy has become too vulnerable, analysts said.

    “The US Federal Reserve is likely to cut interest rates as the economic outlook is not that promising amid the escalating trade war, and the job market has not met market expectations,” said Bai Ming, deputy director of the Ministry of Commerce’s International Market Research Institute.

    The China-US trade talks have been stalled since early last month, after the US broke a month-long truce by increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods and blacklisting Chinese telecom firm Huawei.

    Many US companies, which used to be Trump supporters, are now pressuring him not to expand tariffs as the trade war is hurting their interests and the supply chain, Bai said.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1154769.shtml

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Wow, sounds like Trump has already lost in the Chinese media. US is the trade aggressor in their reality. But I assume it is as much for internal consumption as anything else.

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    • GB Bari says:

      “Chinese slant” 🤣

      That’s an understatement….(and a politically incorrect double entendre).

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      • MaineCoon says:

        It took me a moment to grasp your comment. Frankly, I wasn’t using it in that context. Just plain English.

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        • GB Bari says:

          I know. Was just being mischievous. Did not mean to offend you.

          However, that your suggestion of “slant” was an understatement is my sincere opinion. It’s not just “slant” (interpretive bias), IMHO it was fully intended as disinformation.

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    • Esther says:

      ” Trump taking the initiative to ‘ reach out to Xi is malarky. Trump threatened Xi with more tariffs if Xi did not resume talks at G20, and Xi is the one who folded. What’s the point of presenting the Chinese slant here in this manner? Its misleading and confusing to readers.

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  28. A2 says:

    The Kims do not do anything unless they get a payoff aka bribe. Hence Xi bearing gifts including rounding up NK defectors in China.

    “The Trump summit in Hanoi broke down, but Xi’s Pyongyang visit is set to give Kim political capital – and tonnes of food
    In a state visit this week, the Chinese president is expected to provide massive aid to the North, with reports anticipating at least 100,000 tonnes of food
    International food organisations say 10 million people, or 40 per cent of North Korea’s population, are in urgent need of sustenance“

    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3015052/trump-summit-hanoi-broke-down-xis-pyongyang-visit-set-give

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    • felipe says:

      A2 – And, as postulated by SD and others, “what if China simply cannot effectively respond to the NK population’s massive need for FOOD because of China’s own current or impending pork and corn production crises… and their embargo on U.S. soybeans, right?”

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      • A2 says:

        This is a one-off gesture, as the Russians did the same to get Kim to meet. The U.N., SK, religious ngos all donate food to NK. There is also a debate whether or not the food situation is as bad as reported by agencies tasked with that assessment. The problem is ensuring that the people get the food and not the regime.

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  29. jbrickley says:

    I don’t believe China can play this game much longer. Their economy is shrinking rapidly as they have been operating in a bubble for quite some time. All our US dollars flowing in was keeping the Ponzi scheme going strong. Now that the money is leaving the Chinese economy will implode. The Communists have just informed the people about harsh economic conditions, etc. They have threatened tech companies to not leave. They threatened Hong Kong with extraditions and the people revolted bigly. There was that enormous explosion on the Chinese and DPRK border. There’s things happening internationally to block their One Belt, One Road initiative. After G20 Trump could meet with several Asian nations and open up trade outside TTP. Trump is holding all the cards. There’s a lot he can do to ratchet things up and not just tariff’s. I only hope he puts some naval anti-missile systems in place to shoot down any DPRK launches. That would be something. L’l Kim Rocket Man launches a few missiles over Japan and they get intercepted and destroyed then an immediate retaliation is launched within a few minutes obliterating the launch facility. Oh that would be sweet, especially with Xi and Trump meeting. Both of them getting pulled aside mid-meeting with their aides informing them of the situation. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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