China's Xi meets Trump, urges trade cooperation


What was billed as a showdown between the leaders of the United States and China over trade and North Korea ended with little sign of confrontation Friday - or of concrete progress in resolving their differences.

The Republican president tweeted last week that the United States could no longer tolerate massive trade deficits and job losses and that his meeting with Xi "will be a very hard one". Last week, the president predicted in a tweet that his meeting with Xi would be "very difficult".

The meeting "was positive and fruitful", Wang said, adding that it has set a constructive tone for the development of China-US relations and helped set the direction for collective endeavors.

Trump had campaigned with strident anti-China rhetoric and had angered Beijing before taking office by talking to the president of Taiwan, the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own. -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. Having gotten through the talks without making any major, specific commitments, the Chinese president would seem to have won some ground - or at least some wiggle room - in the Trump talks.

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After a two-day meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump seemed to be pleased with the outcome.

McMaster said Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping - who were holding two days of talks at Mar-a-Lago when the Syria airstrike took place - "agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

- Agreed to draw up a 100-day plan to reduce the USA trade deficit with China.

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A day before the two-day summit between the leaders of the world's two most powerful economies, which ended Friday, Pyongyang launched its fourth missile test of the year, in what appeared to be part of an effort to develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the USA mainland. Trump does appear to have done what he said he would do, and listened to his generals.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his USA counterpart Donald Trump's first meetings underscored attempts by the two sides to avoid "strategic misjudgement" though differences remained over thorny issues like currency and trade. By launching the strike while Xi is in town, Trump may have added an another item to the list.

The Chinese media did not comment on the U.S.' launch of 59 missiles at Syria in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons, which overshadowed Xi's visit.

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A senior Japanese military source added: "If the US military was to attack, there could be a request to Japan for rear-guard logistics support but there has been no talk of such preparations".