US, China to increase cooperation on NKorea

A senior administration official said Trump informed Xi about the strikes as their dinner concluded on Thursday night.

The pro-independence Liberty Times said Trump was "shaking hands with Xi Jinping with his left hand and launching missiles with his right" to pressure China to rein in North Korea.

On trade issues, Trump also called for China to "level the playing field" for American workers, stressing the need for reciprocal market access.

In this historic first meeting with the Chinese leader, President Trump is under considerable pressure to fulfil his campaign promise to address trade deficits and bring manufacturing jobs back to the USA from China.

Xi met with Trump on April 6-7 in Florida, with the talks on Friday lasting for over seven hours, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Xi expressed his readiness to lead, together with President Trump, people who have good wishes and passion to upgrade China-U.S. relations.

Xi also spoke in mostly positive terms.

"We have engaged in deeper understanding, and have built a trust - a preliminary working relationship and friendship", he said. "For the peace and stability of the world, we will also fulfill our historical responsibility".

Xi was expected to seek assurances that Trump will not interfere in the territorial dispute over the South China Sea or question the "One China" policy by reaching out to Taiwan's leader again, as Trump did during the transition.

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.

After their meeting on Friday, the second day of the two-day summit, the two presidents strolled the grounds of Trump's villa, accompanied by only translators. The only other foreign leader to be hosted at Mar-a-Lago during Trump's presidency so far is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close US ally.

Trump and Xi discussed issues concerning North Korea as well according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Some observers suggested that China would see the president as weak.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said that the two sides agreed to a "100-day plan" aimed at increasing US exports to China and reducing the trade deficit with the country.

"It seems that both countries have understood the importance of how essential a smooth transition needs to be, and not just for the two countries involved here, but really for the entire world over", it said.

During the campaign, denunciations of China were a constant refrain in Mr. Trump's stump speeches. The highly anticipated U.S.

The widely anticipated meeting of the leaders of the world's two largest economies was largely overshadowed by the USA missile strikes at Syria. It was the first direct US assault on the Russian-backed government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war.

  • Zachary Reyes