Immigration, China Trade, Arctic Warming: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

1. President Trump vowed to block full funding for the government if Democrats refused to finance his border wall, in an unusual televised public sparring in the Oval Office, above.

The testy back-and-forth with the Democratic congressional leaders, Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, raised fresh concerns that the two sides might not reach an agreement on spending bills by a Dec. 21 deadline.

Mr. Trump wants $5 billion for the border wall, but the administration has yet to spend much of the $1.3 billion Congress approved for border security last year. None of that money can be used to construct a new concrete wall of the sort the president has said is vital.

The meeting was the first test of the new power dynamics in Washington, as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next year and Ms. Pelosi musters votes to become House speaker.

2. The Trump administration is planning a series of actions this week targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, expected to be announced as early as Wednesday.

While the two sides have agreed to a 90-day trade truce, administration officials want to keep up a sustained campaign of pressure to ensure that Beijing lives up to the commitments that President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China agreed to this month. Above, in Beijing.

Stock markets initially rallied on the prospect the countries might make progress, after China said that officials in Beijing and their U.S. counterparts had discussed the next stage of trade talks. But those gains faded by midday.

Many points of friction remain. Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of the Chinese technology company Huawei who has been accused of evading U.S. sanctions against Iran, was granted bail of $10 million while awaiting extradition to the United States, a Canadian judge ruled on Tuesday.

Adding to tensions, a former Canadian diplomat, Michael Kovrig, has disappeared in China and may be under detention there, according to the NGO where he now works.

By Jean Rutter and Hiroko Masuike for THE NEW YORK TIMES
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