Trump, Xi cite 'common understandings' after summit, but few details
Apr 09 2017 by Desiree Burns
Discussions between Trump and Xi over North Korea came days after Trump warned that the USA was prepared to act unilaterally to stop North Korea's nuclear program from advancing further should China be unwilling to use its leverage over Pyongyang.
He did not elaborate on the progress or the problems.
"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", Mr. Trump said on Friday morning, appearing with Mr. Xi after a round of discussions in Florida.
President Donald Trump entered a second day of talks+ with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday hoping to strike deals on trade and jobs+ after an overnight show of strength in Syria.
He added that they, during the meeting, have also gained better understanding of each other, stepped up their mutual trust, scored multiple major consensus, and built up a good working relationship.
"There is no doubt in our minds, and the information we have supports that Syria, the Syrian regime under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, are responsible for this attack".
China, alongside Russian Federation, used its veto power on the United Nations Security Council multiple times to kill resolutions calling for sanctions against Syria for its illegal chemical weapons activities.
-China summit was upstaged by USA missile strikes overnight against a Syrian air base from which Trump said a deadly chemical weapon attack had been launched earlier in the week.
This was not the first time the Trumps have showed off Arabella's Mandarin skills in what many believe was the United States first family's soft approach in their attempt to win China's favour. "The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding", Trump said in contrast to the anti-China rhetoric of his 2016 election campaign.
The officials signaled that the trading relationship between the two countries and North Korea's nuclear program were at the top of the agenda during the meetings, which took place here over 24 hours at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. Since becoming president, Trump has decided not to follow through with promises to immediately replace Obamacare, rarely leave the White House, or appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.
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S.to crack down on North Korea's nuclear program Military options against North Korea are much riskier than those against Syria. "Whether it's using their authority on the UN Security Council or utilizing new levers of power, China can be part of a new strategy to end North Korea's reckless behavior and ensure security, stability, and economic prosperity in Northeast Asia".
"I suspect Xi will treat Trump's threat against North Korea as more serious than before this, provided the behind the scenes body language does not counteract it", Douglas H. Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told The New York Times.
Later, they plan a business meeting and dinner at a downtown Anchorage hotel before Xi returns to the airport for the 4,000-mile trip to Beijing.
Chinese state media reported late on Thursday that Mr Trump has accepted Mr Xi's invitation to visit China this year.
Conspicuously absent from the menu was the McDonald's hamburger Trump had promised he'd feed China's leader when criticizing his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for welcoming Xi with a state dinner at the White House.
As a candidate and president, Trump has taken an aggressive posture toward China, labeling Beijing a "tremendous problem" and arguing that lopsided trade deals with China shortchange American businesses and workers. "Trump is very hard to predict, so there is a lot of uncertainty in this meeting". China accounted for nearly 70 percent of last year's $500 billion USA trade deficit.
Speaking to reporters while traveling to Florida, Trump suggested there was a link between "terrible" trade agreements the USA has made with China and Pyongyang's provocations.
While Trump would not say what he wants China to do specifically, he said he thinks China will "want to be stepping up" on the North Korea issue.
Xi does not like surprises, and the fact that he was photographed shaking Trump's hand and smiling at his declaration of "friendship" while the United States made a surprise military move was not going to be popular in China.