Xi stops in Alaska on way back to China
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 16:18
Thank you for reading and relying on TulsaWorld.com for your news and information. As Trump and Xi were wrapping up dinner, US forces fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase from which it said the chemical weapons attack was launched this week, an escalation of the USA military role in Syria that swiftly drew sharp criticism from Russian Federation.
The White House said the location was selected to give the two days of discussions a more relaxed feel.
As the two leaders wrapped up a Florida summit overshadowed by US missile strikes in Syria overnight, Xi joined Trump in papering over, at least in public, deep differences over issues ranging from trade to North Korea.
The timing of the USA action against the Syrian government could be taken as message to the Chinese - and the North Koreans - about the Trump administration's willingness to use military power.
"They recognize that shows our clear determination to crack down on this sort of activity", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters.
Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said "there was no kind of package arrangement discussed to resolve" tensions with North Korea, adding that Xi agreed the situation "has reached a very serious stage in terms of the advancement".
Anthony Ruggiero, an East Asia expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said China may be more willing to accommodate Trump on trade and economic issues than on regional security issues, including North Korea.
Before yesterday's dinner, Trump said he and Xi already had had a long discussion and had "developed a friendship, " and then joked, "I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing". That could indicate that the relationship between the two countries remains stable, despite Trump's fiery accusations during his campaign, and afterward, that China has stolen USA manufacturing jobs.
"President Trump noted the importance of adhering to worldwide rules and norms in the East and South China Seas and to previous statements on non-militarisation".
President Xi will get a good idea of how seriously Americans are taking Kim's threats but probably won't alter China's current policy.
China's leaders in fact have always been concerned about the yawning United States trade deficit with their country, $347 billion in 2016.
US President Donald Trump and his visiting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to work with the global community to achieve a peaceful solution to the North Korea nuclear threat, according to a White House statement. He did not elaborate.
Xi expressed his readiness to lead, together with President Trump, people who have good wishes and passion to upgrade China-U.S. relations. -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough.
The strike has been widely praised by members of Congress and other world leaders, many of whom are now eager to see if Trump's first real act as commander-in-chief signals a shift in a president long criticised as susceptible to instigation by a tweet.
Noting that the two leaders had positive and productive meetings, Spicer said Trump and Xi agreed to work in concert to expand areas of cooperation while managing differences based on mutual respect. He noted the historic responsibility of both countries - the world's largest economies and emerging military rivals - to work toward peace and stability. Not long after dinner the US announced the missile barrage on an air base in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack against civilians. Less than three days after Syrian President Bashar Assad prompted the United States strike by attacking an insurgent-held town with sarin gas, Trump's relationship with the world was altered.
While China has clearly lost patience with Pyongyang's nuclear provocations, it is extremely wary of any response that might bring about North Korea's collapse and chaos on its doorstep.
At an emergency session of the UN Security Council yesterday, Chinese ambassador Liu Jieyi made no mention of the USA airstrikes on Syria, appealing instead for a political solution to the protracted civil war that has been fomented by the United States and its allies.