Trump, Xi meet again _ in shadow of missile strikes on Syria

Before Thursday's dinner, Mr Trump said he and Mr Xi already had had a long discussion and had "developed a friendship", and then joked, "I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing".

Xi invited Trump to visit China in 2017 and Trump accepted, officials said earlier.

"I think truly progress has been made", Trump said, declaring his relationship with Xi as "outstanding".

The U.S. missile strikes on Syria are overshadowing the second day of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

Xi will meet with President Donald Trump for a summit at Mar-a-Lago.

Xi agreed with his USA counterpart.

The meeting is the first real test of the United States leader's campaign promises to win in negotiations with 0America's chief economic and military rival.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the attack a violation of global law and said it will cause "significant damage to Russian-American relations, which were already in a deplorable state".

JOHN YANG: Trade is another flash point between the world's two largest economies. -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough.

People on Sina Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, have been mainly focused on the fashion of Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan and the handshake between the two presidents. It would include pan-seared Dover sole with champagne sauce or dry aged prime NY strip steak.

During the campaign, Trump had promised American voters that he would stop what he called the theft of American jobs by China.

"They should be happy if they get something fairly symbolic", said Jacques deLisle, who teaches Chinese law and politics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. My representatives have been meeting one-on-one with their counterparts from China and I think truly progress has been made.

Trump entered the meeting talking tough. China accounted for nearly 70 percent of last year's $500 billion US trade deficit.

Trump has long said North Korea is China's problem to fix. Trump has vowed he would never allow the country to develop the capability, and administration officials briefing reporters said the clock has nearly expired.

The swift action in Syria could be interpreted as a signal especially to defiant nuclear-armed North Korea - and by extension, its ally China - as well as other countries like Iran and Russian Federation of Trump's willingness to use military force.

There may also be offers to further open China's auto and agricultural markets, insiders say, and even some concessions on Chinese banks' transactions with North Korea, a vital financial lifeline for the country.

The two leaders also discussed the situations in North Korea and Syria on Thursday and Friday.

The most solid outcome of the talks was a proposal from China on how to restructure high-level dialogues.

Many blue-collar workers helped propel him to his unexpected election victory on November 8 and Trump is under pressure to deliver for them.

JOHN YANG: Last week, the president signed a pair of executive orders aimed at combating foreign trade abuses, but he has yet to carry out his campaign promise to formally label China a currency manipulator.

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.

"The Chinese know how to play this game", he said.

  • Leroy Wright