China's Xi meets Trump, urges trade cooperation

The president is spending the weekend at his Florida resort after the two-day meetings with Xi. "We strongly encourage both sides to use these discussions to detail a specific implementation timeline for these new openings", Parker said.

Trump talked up the meeting with lots of tough rhetoric about how he was going to get China to fully exert its influence over North Korea or, if he needed to, go it alone, saying Washington could "totally" resolve the issue without China's help.

Trump said he sufficiently emphasized to Xi the importance of South Korea and the Seoul-Washington alliance, the office said.

He did not elaborate on the progress or the problems.

US President Donald Trump has claimed "tremendous goodwill and friendship" was formed during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but issued a mixed message on trade. "Absolutely nothing", he said to laughs from the delegation.

He said he believes that the USA and China can continue to develop the relationship, noting that it's the historic responsibility of both countries to work toward peace and stability.

He said Taiwan should pay attention to a possible visit by Trump to China later this year and the development of U.S.

The U.S. administration's first recourse is very likely to be economic - pushing China to crack down on Chinese banks and companies said to provide North Korea access to the worldwide financial system. North Korea is developing missiles capable of hitting the United States. Removing Mr. Assad would undermine what Mr. Trump has long called his key foreign policy objective - defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the other most risky Islamists who have destabilized much of the Middle East.

US experts said the action was meant to send a message to USA enemies that the new president is breaking from what critics have called the hands-off foreign policy of former President Barack Obama. But unlike Syria, experts warn that North Korea has a means of striking back if provoked.

Trump spoke by telephone Friday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who reaffirmed strong support for the military strike and thanked the US president for his "courageous" action, according to statements issued Saturday by the White House and the official Saudi Press Agency.

As for the leader of China, he said he was greeted warmly by the Trump administration.

The airstrikes, announced shortly after Trump and Xi wrapped up dinner Thursday night, were retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war. China has historically opposed such actions and, along with Russian Federation, has defended Assad on the world stage.

The attack was the first direct USA assault on Syria and the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year war there.

In the immediate aftermath of the US airstrike against Syria, which took place during the summit, the two leaders probably had deep disagreements, including over the use of military force against a recalcitrant Pyongyang.

Other reports were also upbeat, with China Daily, for instance, noting both sides had mutual interests.

The two leaders spent Friday in a series of working sessions.

"The missile strike on Syria demonstrates President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained after the strikes.

"Given the range of issues and the magnitude, that may be ambitious, but it's a very big sea change in the pace of discussion", Ross told the media.

As the two leaders wrapped up a Florida summit overshadowed by US missile strikes in Syria overnight, Xi joined Trump in stressing the positive mood of the meetings while papering over deep differences that have caused friction between the world's two biggest economies.

  • Leroy Wright