New trade talks in sight as Trump-Xi meeting closes

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, on April 6, 2017.

"We're hopeful that China will find ways to exercise influence over North Korea's actions to dismantle their nuclear weapons and their missile technology programs, " the secretary of state said.

The massive strike - the first direct U.S. action against President Bashar al-Assad's government and Mr Trump's biggest military decision - marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's six-year civil war.

Taking a more moderate approach, Mr Trump was not expected to present Mr Xi with his campaign promise of a 45 per cent tax on Chinese goods.

The response by North Korea's foreign ministry, carried by the official KCNA news agency, was the first since us warships in the Mediterranean Sea launched dozens of missiles at a Syrian air base which the Pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack earlier in the week.

These American strikes in Syria came as President Trump, as we have reported, was hosting the president of China for their first summit - the chief issues, North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and trade between the world's top two economies. "I believe we will keep developing in a stable way to form friendly relations...."

China has not directly said it is targeting South Korean companies. He says they now have an "outstanding" relationship and that "lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away", according to Reuters.

Analysts had earlier said the strikes contained a clear message for Pyongyang that the United States was not afraid to exercise the military option, and there had been speculation as to how the North would respond.

The summit was also watched closely as to whether the U.S. stands up to China for bullying South Korea for hosting the U.S. THAAD missile defense system created to defend better against ever-growing missile threats from North Korea.

Tillerson said the United States is at the same time prepared to "chart our own course" if necessary, repeating Trump's recent remark that if Beijing does not step up pressure on Pyongyang, Washington is ready to take unilateral action. North Korea was allowed to progress with its nuclear program, and China continued to build islands in the sea while becoming more antagonistic toward Taiwan.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said the US has "spoken enough" after the latest such test, and according to NBC, other options may include deploying nukes to South Korea or assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Days before his meeting with Xi, Trump said he was ready to deal with North Korea alone if China did not do more to restrain Pyonyang. After Tuesday's missile launch by the North, Tillerson issued an unusually blunt statement saying the U.S.

  • Larry Hoffman