Now in Taiwan, many are anxious about Trump's plans. His approval rating has plunged to an all-time low amid legislative failures and an investigation into collusion with Russian Federation during the campaign.
"China can fix this problem easily and quickly and I am calling on China and your great president to hopefully work on it very hard".
But Trump's heavy-handed criticism of China was often also mixed with a similar dose of criticism for US officials, whom he accused of getting outmaneuvered by Chinese negotiators.
He is on a five-nation tour of Asia, where North Korea's nuclear ambitions have been high on his agenda. Trump has linked China's ability to rein in North Korea with better trade terms. But it remains unclear how far China will go to fulfil its pledges. If that happens, "it's likely he could return to some kind of trade and economic punishment measures to show frustration".
President Donald Trump made a toast during the state dinner. He cited a soaring stock market, low unemployment, a strengthened military and gains against the Islamic State in the Middle East.
"There is no space between both of our objectives", Tillerson said, adding the views on how to accomplish their shared goal is 'what we spend a lot of time on".
After a few days in Tokyo and Seoul, South Korea, Trump will arrive in China on Wednesday with executives from some 40 companies seeking deals in sectors ranging from energy to aviation to financial services. Mertha says the US may appear to be operating under a cloud of confusion, without the usual requisite policy expertise.
Mr Xi focused instead on China's economic progress and made a promise to be more open and transparent. Bloomberg previously reported that his government was considering easing restrictions for foreign automakers such as Tesla Inc. and Wall Street firms such as JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The trip is created to bolster the military alliance that has long protected South Korea, and strength in unity is the message they want to send to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un just across the border, says our correspondent.
Xi also asked the United States to continue to abide by the one-China policy, which rules out diplomatic recognition for Taiwan.
Melania Trump walked with Peng Liyuan (right), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping into the state dinner.
"There is no disagreement on North Korea", he said. No matter: Trump reiterated the message ahead of his arrival, hailing Xi's "great political victory" as if it were some democratic contest.
"We are devoted to reaching a resolution to the Korean peninsula issue through dialogue and consultations", Xi said.
Expand | Collapse (Photo: KCNA/via Reuters) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to North Korean scientists and technicians, who developed missile "Hwasong-12" in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), May 20, 2017. That includes full implementation of sanctions, as well as steps that go beyond United Nations sanctions, the USA official said. China's growth stands at a healthy but slowing 6.9%.
The NKFC said that past US presidents failed to speak the truth, and relied on negotiations that "only emboldened the dictatorship". Other sticking points include the USA investigation into China's intellectual property practices, and its refusal to classify the country as a market economy.
However, beyond the glitzy outpouring of cash at the ready, analysts doused cold water on suggestions that China was going to radically restructure its state-led economy to allow USA firms entry into closed markets.
Both Xi and Trump expressed support for the protection of peace and stability in the South China Sea, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement following the leaders' talks.
"North Korea could regard Trump's speech as a declaration of war against it", Cheong said. During the presidential campaign, he accused China of "raping our country" on trade and pledged to minimize the countries' trade imbalance.