1 big thing: Trump's East Asia priorities collide
President Trump's desire to muscle the Chinese on trade is about to collide with his need for them to push Kim Jong-un on a nuclear weapons deal.
The latest: Trump's trade delegation to China this week will reportedly be rebuffed on cutting the trade deficit and any cuts to the China 2025 industrial program, reports the NYT's Keith Bradsher.
- "Beijing feels its economy has become big enough and resilient enough to stand up to the United States."
- Axios China author Bill Bishop emails: "The question is will Trump huff and puff, and then fold into a face-saving hollow 'victory,' or is China different? I'm guessing the latter..."
The big picture: The Chinese could be a powerful ally in getting the North Koreans to take negotiations seriously.
- But if trade talks have fallen apart before Trump meets with Kim Jong-un, the U.S. could lose the ability to promise the Chinese better trade conditions in exchange for help on the North Koreans.
- Remember: The North Koreans have a history of promising concessions early, only to eventually demand so much that the South Koreans and Americans walk away.
Go deeper: This time, China can fight back against tariffs, by Axios' Erica Pandey
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