Trump, Xi agree to 100-day plan to discuss trade issues

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with their wives, first lady Melania Trump and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan are seated during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla.

President Donald Trump pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear program and help reduce the gaping USA trade deficit with Beijing in talks on Friday, even as he toned down the strident anti-China rhetoric of his election campaign.

Chinese state media reported late Thursday that Trump has accepted Xi's invitation to visit China this year.

"I think we have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", Trump said.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Friday that the two sides would report back in 100 days on ways to make U.S.

"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the report said, adding that the North's "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot" will foil any aggression by the U.S. During his presidential campaign, Trump fiercely condemned current trade practices, stoking fears of a US-China trade war.

The president is spending the weekend at his Florida resort after the two-day meetings with Xi.

"The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding".

But the two sides avoided any diplomatic gaffes at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida that would have tarnished the meeting in the eyes of the protocol-conscious Chinese.

"Trump said that he saw what happened to those children after the chemical attack, and that's why he made a decision to go in", says Stone Fish. The strikes 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 not directly said it is targeting South Korean companies.

In addition to the tough topic of trade, the two leaders are also expected to address the increasingly urgent issue of North Korea's nuclear programme.

The attack could also be a message to China that the USA may act on its own unless China reins in the North.

Trump informed Xi of the strike as they finished eating dinner together on Friday, just as the US-launched cruise missiles struck their targets.

Trump has long said North Korea is China's problem to fix.

The Obama administration backed down from its red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, settling for a deal that failed to eliminate the Syrian regime's chemical weapons stockpile.

He said Trump also raised U.S.concerns about China's activities in the South China Sea.

While China has condemned North Korea's nuclear ambitions, it has so far been somewhat reluctant to take punitive action against Pyongyang.

There was little evidence of Xi's promised "tweetable deliverables" created to smooth ties, but they may be rolled out during a 100-day plan on trade. Some $347 billion of the $502 billion trade deficit recorded by the USA previous year was with China.

The timing of the attack could send a message to the Chinese.

In an outcome likely to play well in China, state news agency Xinhua said that USA and Chinese officials initiated new dialogue mechanisms on economic issues, as well as security and diplomatic issues, in what appeared to be a reimagining of the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue held under President Barack Obama.

  • Zachary Reyes