Offers to meet with Nork leader is about keeping China on board in pressure them

NY Times:

Trump Risks a Snub in Reaching Out to Rogue Leaders

Mr. Trump‘s willingness to meet with the North Korean and Philippine leaders illustrated his confidence in his own deal making but alarmed critics.
A snub from the North Koreans would play into Trump's hand.  The Chinese have been pushing him to pursue a peaceful solution and if North Korea refuses to meet with him, then it puts more pressure on China to take more forceful action against North Korea or risk a war breaking out on their doorstep.  I think the Duterte invitation is also strategic should war break out in North Korea.

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