Trump Puts China In A Bind With Strikes During President's Visit

Trump joked at a formal dinner with Xi on Thursday that he had "gotten nothing" in long talks with the Chinese president but said they had developed a friendly rapport.

JOHN YANG: The plush setting of Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort didn't mask the urgency of their discussions, especially the US hope that China will exert more economic pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile testing programs.

"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", Trump said as the two delegations met around tables flanked by large USA and Chinese flags.

He did not elaborate on the progress or the problems.

During their two-day summit, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at new agreements on North Korea, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The phone talks came after Trump and Xi agreed on Friday (7 April) to work closely together to convince North Korea to curb its nuclear program in their first summit.

But in public Mr Xi stuck to his script about the virtues of co-operation while Mr Trump insisted they'd formed an outstanding relationship and made great progress.

In fact, the strikes occurred during Trump's dinner with Xi Thursday evening. It was the first direct USA assault on the Russian-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Chinese officials "oppose the use of chemical weapons by any country, organization or person for any objective and under any circumstance" and that China "supports relevant United Nations agencies in carrying out independent and comprehensive investigations into all uses or suspected uses of chemical weapons and, on the basis of solid evidence, reaching a conclusion which can stand the test of history and facts".

The Global Times response to the strikes differed significantly from the official Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.

Xi said there were "a thousand reasons to make the China-U.S. relationship work, and no reason to break it".

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). A number of Trump's top advisers were in attendance, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Trump spoke publicly of progress on a range of issues in his first U.S.

China Daily said both parties appeared "equally enthusiastic about the constructive relationship they have promised to cultivate". The two-day summit between the Chinese and US delegations is being described as positive and productive. China is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, and a significant source of its weapons, food and energy.

Xi said his first meeting with the U.S. leader bears unique importance to the development of China-U.S. ties.

Xi apparently got something out of dinner, though.

"President Trump noted the challenges caused by Chinese government intervention in its economy and raised serious concerns about the impact of China's industrial, agricultural, technology, and cyber policies on USA jobs and exports", it said.

"The U.S. -China Comprehensive Dialogue will be overseen by the two Presidents, and it will have four pillars: the diplomatic and security dialogue; the comprehensive economic dialogue; the law enforcement and cybersecurity dialogue; and the social and cultures issues dialogue". Tremendous goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade, ' he tweeted.

In the days leading up to the summit, Mr Trump predicted the talks would be "very hard".

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