China’s growing economic ties with South Korea, a longtime U.N. Security Council member, have been criticized by Beijing, and President Donald Trump’s administration has been pushing Beijing to cut off trade with South Korean firms that sell to China.
The White House and South Korea’s government have both accused China of pressuring South Korean companies to slash the price of Korean-made goods and services.
On Thursday, a senior White House official said Trump’s top trade adviser, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, would hold a phone call with China’s trade envoy later Thursday.
“We’re talking about a wide range of things.
We’re not going to be able to get into a single one and you’ll see where that leads us,” the official said.
Trump has long criticized China’s economic practices in the U and South, including its currency manipulation, and criticized the Chinese government for not doing enough to prevent the country’s currency from falling.
In his first press conference as president on Friday, Trump said he’s trying to negotiate “a very good trade deal for South Korea” and that he wants “to get China to stop this currency manipulation and that they’re going to stop dumping the South Korean dollar.”
In an interview with The Hill on Thursday, Ross also defended the U’s handling of the North Korea crisis.
Ross said he would be speaking to the Chinese ambassador about the situation, but did not specify which envoy.
Ross is expected to hold a call with the Chinese envoy on Thursday.
Ross is the highest-ranking U.A.E. official to visit China since Kim Jong Un took power in December.
In a tweet Thursday, Trump criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for failing to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Trump said the Chinese leader “would like to see him on the phone,” but he would not comment on whether he would meet with Xi. “
You have to get your foreign leaders to speak to you.”
Trump said the Chinese leader “would like to see him on the phone,” but he would not comment on whether he would meet with Xi.
White House officials have told reporters that Ross will meet with the South Koreans as soon as possible.
The South Koreans are expected to discuss South Korea-China trade issues in the first part of their two-day visit to Washington, a State Department official told The Hill.