Movement of US Navy strike group a reaction to North Korea: McMaster

Xi said the delegations covered important topics and have established a good friendship and working relationship.

Trump talked up the meeting with lots of tough rhetoric about how he was going to get China to fully exert its influence over North Korea or, if he needed to, go it alone, saying Washington could "totally" resolve the issue without China's help.

In a separate interview today, Tillerson told CBS that President Xi understood "action has to be taken" against further provocation from North Korea. -China summit - as did several of his top aides - but they provided few concrete specifics other than China's agreement to work together to narrow disagreements and find common ground for cooperation.

"China has a red line which means that its employment of sanctions against North Korea should not be stringent enough to lead to North Korea's collapse", said Kim Hyun-wook, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. The president has already been presented with a plan to nuclearize South Korea.

During Xi's two-day trip to the southeastern USA coastal town of Palm Beach, the leaders of the world's top two economies compared notes on a wide range of topics for more than seven hours altogether and agreed to expand win-win cooperation and manage differences on the basis of mutual respect.

With all eyes on the Syria airstrikes, however, the expected showdown over North Korea policy ended with no significant breakthroughs to announce. He also said the top US priority in the region hasn't changed and remained the defeat of Islamic State militants.

Addressing the nation on television immediately following the U.S. airstrike, Trump said, "Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched".

At the United Nations on Friday, Russia's deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, strongly criticized what he called the U.S.

On Friday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said China opposed the use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances but didn't comment on the USA attack. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first US assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.

At her daily news briefing Friday, Hua reiterated China's support for a "political settlement" and said it was urgent to prevent any further deterioration of the situation in Syria.

Trump urged China to take steps to "level the playing field for American workers", according to the White House statement.

AmCham China chairman William Zarit said previous bilateral trade talks did not yield much, and only more market access for USA exports and investments could create a fair trade environment for the US.

"Given the range of issues and the magnitude, that may be ambitious, but it's a very big sea change in the pace of discussion", Ross told the media.

During the meetings, Trump highlighted the challenges caused by the Chinese government intervention in its economy and raised serious concerns about the impact of China's industrial, agricultural, technology and cyber policies on America's jobs and exports, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

Hwang also said the summit "seemed to be an occasion to reaffirm the strong alliance between Seoul and Washington", according to comments released by the acting president's office.

  • Leroy Wright