Korea, China mend ties, reaffirm efforts to denuclearize N. Korea

President Donald Trump meets opera performers at the Forbidden City Nov. 8 2017 in Beijing China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan South Korea China Vietnam and the Philippines

President Donald Trump meets opera performers at the Forbidden City Nov. 8 2017 in Beijing China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan South Korea China Vietnam and the Philippines

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea on October 19.

"The strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers, and other training", said a statement from the Navy's 7th Fleet, which is responsible for monitoring the Pacific including North Korea.

Seoul, Nov 10 South Korean warships will take part in upcoming joint drills involving three U.S. aircraft carriers in a fresh show of force against North Korea, a Seoul military official said today.

The goal of the exercise was to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to "operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force efforts", the navy said, adding that the three carrier strike groups will conduct training including "air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuver".

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After President Donald Trump described his strategy on containing North Korea as "peace through strength", Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the North Korean ruling party's mouthpiece, published an article on Friday protesting the drills and vowing to "defend peace until the end".

Trump also warned North Korea not to underestimate the United States in a speech to the South Korean parliament on Wednesday, while offering leader Kim Jong-Un a better future if he gives up his nuclear ambitions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met here Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the two compared notes on bilateral ties and the Korean Peninsula situation.

Currently, he is in Vietnam where he took part in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

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Trump has embarked on a tour of Asia this week trying to rally regional support for curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, warning that time is running out over the crisis.

The United States has been sending its strategic assets, also including long-range bombers, to the region more frequently for patrols or drills amid accelerating North Korean efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.

Xi noted his meeting with the South Korean leader marked a turnaround in South Korea-China relations.

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