Trump Telephones Leaders of Japan and China – Sanctions Against Chinese Bank – Arms sales to Taiwan

Trump to Telephone Leaders of Japan and China

FILE - President Donald Trump conducts a phone call in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Jan. 28, 2017.

FILE – President Donald Trump conducts a phone call in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Jan. 28, 2017.

President Donald Trump will hold separate telephone conversations Sunday with the leaders of Japan and China.

FILE - A combination of photos of U.S. President Donald Trump (center) in Washington, March 1, 2017, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) in Tokyo, Nov. 18, 2014, and Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) at London's Heathrow Airport, Oct. 19, 2015.

FILE – A combination of photos of U.S. President Donald Trump (center) in Washington, March 1, 2017, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) in Tokyo, Nov. 18, 2014, and Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) at London’s Heathrow Airport, Oct. 19, 2015.

A White House announcement did not say what Trump would discuss with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The talks, however, are likely to be about Trump’s growing frustration with North Korea and its series of recent missile tests.

“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed, many years it has failed,” Trump said recently. “Frankly, that patience is over.”

“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed, many years it has failed,” Trump said recently. “Frankly, that patience is over.”

G-20 summit

The telephone conversations come ahead of this week’s meeting of G-20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany, where Trump is slated to hold bilateral meetings with Abe, Xi, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and for the first time meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. The U.S. president met with Moon on Friday at the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in deliver a joint statement from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 30, 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in deliver a joint statement from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 30, 2017.

On Sunday, at least 10,000 people in Hamburg peacefully protested the upcoming summit — one of about 30 protests planned in the coming days — in part to protest Trump’s policies, including his announced intention to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 international Paris accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years.

Summits of world leaders often are held in exclusive, remote resorts, the easier to control security.

But that is not the case in Hamburg, by design, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel picked the city as the summit host in part to show world leaders that protests play an accepted role in a vibrant democracy.

https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-telephone-leaders-of-japan-china/3924863.html


Treasury Secretary Announces Sanctions Against Chinese Bank in Crackdown on North Korea

June 30, 2017 By Melanie Arter

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) – Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday announced U.S. sanctions against China’s Bank of Dandong for its dealings with North Korea.

“Today, the Trump administration is continuing its efforts against the government of North Korea. Despite multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing international sanctions, the government of North Korea continues its nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” Mnuchin said Thursday during a televised White House briefing.

“Today, Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has found the Bank of Dandong to be a foreign financial institution of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 of the U.S.A Patriot Act. This bank has served as a gateway for North Korea to access the U.S. and international financial systems, facilitating millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” Mnuchin said. “The United States will not stand for such action.

“This will require U.S. banks to ensure that the Bank of Dandong does not access the U.S. financial system directly or indirectly through other foreign banks. This action reaffirms the Treasury Department’s commitment to ensure that North Korea is cut off from the U.S. financial system,” he said.

Sanctions were also announced by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) against two Chinese individuals and one Chinese company in response to North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction development and continued violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Chinese citizen Sun Wei, who has been closely aligned with the U.S.-designated Foreign Trade Bank in establishing and running a cover company on behalf of the bank, and Chinese citizen Li Hong Ri, who established several front companies used by Beijing-based, U.S.-designated Ri Song Hyok, were targeted by sanctions.

Dalian Global Unity Shipping Company was also sanctioned for operating in the transportation industry in the North Korean economy. The company was actively involved in eight cases of smuggling luxury goods. It reportedly transports 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, between China and North Korea.

“While today’s actions are directed at Chinese individuals and entities, we look forward to continuing working closely with the government of China to stop illicit financing involving North Korea. We are in no way targeting China with these actions. We will be meeting with China and other countries at the G20 next week to further our efforts to cut off North Korea’s illicit activities,” Mnuchin said.

“North Korea’s provocative, destabilizing, and inhumane behavior will not be tolerated. We are committed to targeting North Korea’s external enablers in maximizing economic pressure on the regime until it ceases its nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” he said.

“This is very significant, since this is the first bank that we’ve cut off under this,” Mnuchin said, adding that the U.S. “will continue to look at these actions and continue to roll out sanctions.”

“As I said, in this case it’s millions of dollars, but we are committed to cutting off all illegal funds going to North Korea,” he added.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-arter/treasury-secretary-announces-sanctions-against-chinese-bank-crackdown


Trump administration crafting big new arms sales to Taiwan: sources

June 16, 2017 By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON

The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, U.S. officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing.

The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that was shelved at the end of the Obama administration, the officials told Reuters on the eve of a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“The political desire is there to do a substantial sale,” one administration official said, adding that internal deliberations had begun on a deal “that’s much stronger, much more significant than the one that was not accepted by the Obama people.”

President Donald Trump’s administration is eager to proceed with the sales, but it is expected to take months and possibly into next year for the White House to overcome obstacles, including concern that Beijing’s sensitivities over Taiwan could make it harder to secure cooperation on priorities such as reining in North Korea, the official said.

Completion of a package also could be held up by the slow pace at which the Trump administration is filling national security jobs, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because initial work toward new arms sales has not been made public.

Discussions between Taiwan and the new administration already have begun, according to a person in Taipei familiar with the matter.

The White House declined comment.

Details of the administration’s approach to Taiwan emerged as Tillerson was due to visit China this weekend, where he will seek more Chinese support on North Korea and firm up a first meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping expected next month.

In December, President Barack Obama’s administration put the brakes on a Taiwan deal under discussion. That package was worth $1 billion, Washington’s Free Beacon newspaper reported this week, citing unnamed officials, who also were quoted as saying the Trump administration was now preparing new sales.

Ned Price, a National Security Council spokesman under Obama, said the previous administration put a “relatively modest” arms package for Taiwan on hold, in part to let the new administration make the decision.

The Trump administration source told Reuters that the new deals under consideration would likely top the $1 billion mark.

The new administration plans to focus more than the previous one on enhancing Taiwan’s “asymmetric” capabilities, possibly with advanced multiple launch rocket systems, anti-ship missiles and other technologies that would enable Taiwan’s military to defend against a much larger Chinese force in the event of an attack, the U.S. official said.

Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) is the top U.S. manufacturer of multiple launch rocket systems. Other foreign companies involved in the sector include Germany’s Diehl and Britain’s BAE Systems (BAES.L).

A $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan that Obama announced in December 2015, to China’s dismay, included two Navy frigates in addition to anti-tank missiles and amphibious attack vehicles.

The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of “one China.” But successive administrations have continued providing billions of dollars in arms as part of a congressionally mandated requirement to ensure the island can defend itself.

Taiwan has already been a major point of contention between Trump and China, which considers the island a renegade province.

As president-elect, Trump broke with protocol and accepted a congratulatory phone call from the Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, angering China. He then suggested he might abandon Washington’s “one China” policy, which accepts the self-ruled island as part of China. Once in office, Trump reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the decades-old policy.

The White House is mindful that tensions could flare again over new arms sales. But some Trump aides insist they are needed to make clear that the United States, Taiwan’s sole arms supplier, is committed to upgrading the island’s defenses.

(Additional reporting by J.R. Wu in Taipei and John Walcott in Washington; Editing by John Walcott and Tom Brown)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-arms-idUSKBN16O2LQ


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