Trump, Xi showdown fails to materialize at Mar-a-Lago

Marcus Newton
April 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Friday to work closely together to convince North Korea to curb its nuclear program as they held their first summit talks overshadowed by surprise U.S. military strikes against Syria the previous night.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, pledged on Friday to expand mutually beneficial cooperation and manage differences on the basis of mutual respect.

The Republican president, who took office on Jan 20, tweeted last week that the United States could no longer tolerate massive trade deficits and job losses and that his meeting with Xi Jinping "will be a very hard one".

"Tremendous.goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade". The objective, Mr. Ross said, is to increase USA exports to China and reduce the US trade deficit.

The U.S. -China summit came as the Trump administration has been conducting a policy review of North Korea that includes military options.

Trump stressed the meeting was positive despite previously haranguing China for "taking out jobs" and "making us a third world country".

The Mar-a-Lago summit between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping ( 習近平 ) was long on generalities and atmospherics and short on specifics.

The president pointed to the crisis in North Korea as a top priority in the meetings with Xi, telling reporters on Air Force One on his way to Florida on Thursday that he thinks China will "want to be stepping up" in trying to deter North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Xi was similarly upbeat about his US counterpart after the 18-hour summit in Florida that ended on Friday, saying they "got deeply acquainted, established a kind of trust and built an initial working relationship and friendship". But China must have also seen it as a blunt warning from Washington about its determination to deal decisively with North Korea.

Nevertheless, the meticulously orchestrated Trump-Xi summit could produce fruitful results.

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"We have been treated unfairly and have made bad trade deals with China for many, many years", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday as he flew to Palm Beach. But Trump's inaugural visit with Xi had a little more drama. Trump spoke publicly of progress on a range of issues in his first U.S.

China and the United States agree Pyongyang's programs are a serious problem, but have not seen eye-to-eye on how to respond.

China's position on Syria is much closer to Russia's than to the US.

Environmentalists fear climate collaboration between the USA and China - one of the brightest spots of relations under Barack Obama - will suffer now that Trump, who has called climate change a Chinese hoax, is in the White House.

"If you've seen the response from the world community, including some of the countries that you've mentioned, I think that they understand that the US acted appropriately and, in most cases, there is widespread praise from around the globe for the President's actions", Spicer added later, responding to a reporter who asked about the risk that the strike could draw Russian Federation or Iran into a broader conflict.

Experts say China, which along with Russian Federation has repeatedly blocked United Nations resolutions against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, will have been both discombobulated and upset at how Trump's air strikes overshadowed the summit.

"In fact, I think the outside exaggerates the sort of role China can play". "President Trump personally requested China to retract its retaliation over the deployment of the Thaad system, which signifies he will wait for China's response to this". However, China, unlike Russian Federation, did not condemn the US missile strike.

The two sides should promote the "healthy development of bilateral trade and investment" and advance talks on a bilateral investment agreement, Xi said, according to a statement on China's Foreign Ministry website. Trump accepted Xi's invitation to visit China later this year, Tillerson said.

The USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, on its way to Australia, was recently ordered back to maintain station in the western Pacific Ocean, in order to provide a potent USA naval presence near the Korean Peninsula.

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