Donald Trump hails 'outstanding' relationship with Chinese president

Secretary Commerce Wilbur Ross said the most significant part of the summit was President Xi's agreement to a 100-day plan for trade talks aimed at boosting USA exports and reducing China's trade surplus with Washington.

Ivanks wrote, "Very proud of Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan's official visit to the United States!". 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.

"We will be making additional progress", Trump said as the second day of talks winded up.

XI JINPING, Chinese President (through interpreter): This bilateral meeting is a thoughtful and ingenious arrangement.

"I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away". President Xi has said that China has no reason to spoil its relationship with the United States and has a thousand reasons to build a strong treaty.

Mr Xi said they had established a good working relationship and that both countries have a historic responsibility to work together for peace and stability. "That is all I am telling you", Trump said in The Financial Times interview.

"The missile strikes yesterday in Syria do send a message both to China and to North Korea that this administration is prepared to take decisive actions", said Tony Blinken, former deputy secretary of state, during a phone interview with VOA Friday, "and that may be a valuable message". The official Xinhua News Agency said Trump will travel to China at an "early date" in 2017, but gave no details.

USA officials are expected to offer a readout of the meeting later Friday.

But in a sign that rough spots remained, Tillerson afterwards described the discussions as "very frank and candid".

The two leaders exchanged in-depth views with each other on major global and regional issues of common concern.

The two leaders also agreed that their first meeting, held at the seaside Mar-a-Lago resort in the USA state of Florida, was "positive and fruitful", Xinhua news agency reported. Trump could be seen chatting and gesturing to Xi, who did the same.

On China's muscle flexing in the East and South China seas and its human rights record, Trump and Xi merely stated their cases.

In a possible harbinger of the kind of punishments Washington could inflict, a leading Chinese telecoms company, ZTE, was fined almost $900 million in March for shipping sensitive USA -made technology to Iran in violation of US sanctions. "They were candid, they were open, and they were very positive", he said. It is an important and meaningful development in the U.S.

President Donald Trump's decision to launch missile strikes against an air base in Syria on Thursday night came amid stepped-up criticism of Russian Federation by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The discussions also came as Trump launched a strike against a Syrian government air base as retaliation for its recent chemical weapons attack against a rebel stronghold, which killed civilians, including children.

Trump has said the US will act alone if China doesn't exert more pressure on North Korea.

Xi agreed to increase China's cooperation with the USA to pressure North Korea to end their nuclear program, Tillerson said.

  • Zachary Reyes