China not ready to push for denuclearisation, say experts

A Chinese tourist boat plying the Yalu river yesterday. North Korea can be seen in the background. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump for their second summit in Hanoi this week.
A Chinese tourist boat plying the Yalu river yesterday. North Korea can be seen in the background. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump for their second summit in Hanoi this week.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

China will be watching the Trump-Kim theatre unfold in neighbouring Vietnam with interest, but a looming deadline to end its trade war with the United States and preparations for its biggest annual political gathering will be major distractions this week.

If trade talks fail by this Friday, the US has promised to raise tariffs on US$200 billion (S$270 billion) worth of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 per cent, although President Donald Trump has said he was ready to push back the March 1 deadline while talks extended two days to yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2019, with the headline 'China not ready to push for denuclearisation, say experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe