President Donald Trump said Friday he has developed an "outstanding" relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping after meeting with the leader of a nation Trump has criticized as a menace to the United States.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on the importance of close coordination over North Korean issues as Pyongyang continues its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
By all reports, the meetings between the two leaders were constructive and cordial with a frank exchange of views, according to the BBC. The most powerful message for the Chinese leader may have been Trump's decision to launch USA missile strikes at Syria.
The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are high because of U.S. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
It has already tested nuclear weapons and South Korea's capital, Seoul, is in range of North Korean artillery.
"The President underscored the need for China to take concrete steps to level the playing field for American workers, stressing repeatedly the need for reciprocal market access". "We will be making additional progress".
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Trump's aides insisted he had made good on his pledge to raise concerns about China's trade practices and said there was some headway, with Xi agreeing to a 100-day plan for trade talks aimed at boosting US exports and reducing China's trade surplus with the United States.
It is uncertain whether the meeting helped Trump and Xi to build a relationship of trust. He did not elaborate.
Despite what some see as softened criticism of the U.S. attack on a Syrian airbase, Trump described his personal relationship with Xi as "outstanding". -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough.
The attack against a Syrian air base was the first USA assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.
The U.S. airstrikes nearly certainly got the attention of another adversary - North Korea - following the first talks between President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
He said Taiwan should pay attention to a possible visit by Trump to China later this year and the development of U.S.
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"I do think it necessarily sends a signal to Xi Jinping that this is a president that means business", Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Guardian, adding, "It will play into how China will view Trump".
North Korea has long claimed that the United States is preparing to conduct similar precision strikes against its territory or even launch an all-out invasion. "Now, we are not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change".
His Cabinet secretaries said that Trump indeed confronted Xi.
Apart from China, without consultation with leaders sitting in capitals in South Korea and Japan, any action could complicate the issue.
However, according to CNN, Syria was likely a secondary issue of concern for the Chinese delegation, which hoped for the meeting to go well following Trump's aggressive rhetoric on U.S. Last week, the president tweeted that his meeting with Xi would be "very hard". "Tremendous goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade". China is now the largest trading partner of the United States.
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