Trump visits Japan, North Korea resumes missile testing

US President Donald Trump travelled to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Shino Abe for a four day visit which started on Saturday. On the agenda will be the new US-Japan trade deal, the new raising in tension with North Korea.

The US-North Korea deal seems to be back in the improbable category even though Trump has claimed that there is still a chance for a deal. North Korea on the other hand has returned to testing its missile which is a further indication of a no deal situation.

Japan is the US’s closest Asian partner with military, technology and financial ties link the two countries since the Second World War, North Korea’s missile test is very worrisome for Japan due its proximity, while Trump and South Korea have done played the recent aggressions by not calling out Kim Jong-un.

Trump’s visit to Japan also serves as good getaway from Washington as there is a push by certain democrats to have him impeached according to With the trade war with China escalating and no deal with North Korea, Japan could be a good place for Trump to score and easy win in Asia.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

US and China issue new tariffs on each other

The US-China trade war took another turn on Monday as both countries slapped each other with new tariffs. China has accused the US of engaging in Trade bullying by intimidating countries into submission. China has also stated its very willingness to retaliate if it calls for it.

China though is still open to trade negotiations with the US only if there is equal respect among both countries. The new tariffs on Chinese goods will cost $200 Billion. The retaliation tariffs on US made products amounts to $60 Billion coming in to effect on Monday.

Beijing has warned the US that it will respond to any increase in levied tariffs accordingly. This will nevertheless result in higher prices for Chinese goods like vacuum cleaners, home modems and routers. For the US and it is an increase in price in China for US made products like liquefied natural gas and certain types of aircraft.

US President Donald Trump has also threatened China with possible complete tariffs on all Chinese goods if the Chinese government continues to retaliate.