After hosting Xi, Trump to visit China this year

Two U.S. warships - the USS Ross and the USS Porter - fired 59 cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean Sea at the targeted air base.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his USA counterpart Donald Trump's first meetings underscored attempts by the two sides to avoid "strategic misjudgement" though differences remained over thorny issues like currency and trade, the state-run media said in a commentary today.

The US has been pushing China to put pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear program and missile testing, but Trump said in an interview published Sunday with the Financial Times that the US would be prepared to act alone to stop North Korea.

In return, Xi hoped to obtain assurances from Trump on punitive tariffs and the delay of an American arms sale to Taiwan, at least until after a major Communist Party meeting later this year.

On Friday, the unpredictable Trump not only set a different tone but also avoided any public lapses in protocol that Chinese officials had feared could embarrass their leader. "Tremendous goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade". "We have additional options ready to go". The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding.

Xi also spoke in mostly positive terms. "For the peace and stability of the world, we will also fulfil our historical responsibility".

Trump and Xi met on April 6-7 and held extensive talks on all aspects of the relations in the backdrop of differences over a host of issues including Trump's charge of China as a currency manipulator and threat to impose 45 per cent duty on Chinese exports.

But in a sign that rough spots remained, Tillerson afterwards described the discussions as "very frank and candid". The statement was interpreted to mean military attack was being considered by the Trump administration against Pyongyang.

But for some of Trump's supporters, ideological elasticity is a virtue for a president who took office with no practical foreign policy experience.

On the other hand, responding to North Korea's nuclear program poses a more urgent issue, he said.

China and the USA agreed that Pyongyang's programmes are a serious problem, but have not seen eye-to-eye on how to respond. "I think that's where we start", he said.

In turn, Xi knows that China's economic prosperity is inseparable from America's and is striving for a common understanding, it added. For instance, Trump had earlier pledged to uphold the "One China Policy", a matter that is at the heart of Chinese Foreign policy.

In fact, the North justifies its nuclear weapons as a necessary deterrent to the USA military threat and has over the past weeks warned that the biggest-ever joint U.S.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - The U.S. airstrikes this week were aimed at a Syrian air base, but nearly certainly got the attention of another adversary - North Korea. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first USA assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.

US President Donald Trump notified Congress on Saturday of the US missile strikes on Syria days after the event, warning ominously of further actions "as necessary".

North Korea is believed to be developing missiles capable of hitting the United States and a nuclear arsenal in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Xi expressed "an appreciation" to Trump for informing him of the number of missiles that were launched and explaining the rationale behind the strike, said Tillerson.

  • Leroy Wright