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John Yang has a report. "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".

JOHN YANG: White House officials said the goal of the seaside summit was to establish a basis for future relations.

After their meeting on Friday, the second day of the two-day summit, the two presidents strolled the grounds of Trump's villa, accompanied by only translators. Next, given the U.S. President's penchant for reversing himself, the Chinese pushed for an early summit, wanting to ensure they could lock in their gains. Absolutely nothing. But we have developed a friendship.

The US president had said he meant to raise concerns about China's trade practices and press Xi to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions during his visit to the Spanish-style Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, though no major deals on either issue are expected.

Pyongyang test-fired yet another missile this week.

Whether any specifics regarding North Korea and trade relationships were resolved, have not been answered at this time.

That was the biggest accomplishment after about 18 hours together at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort-a visit punctuated by a USA missile strike on Syria on Thursday night.

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The U.S. and other foreign governments have long overestimated China's ability to affect Pyongyang's behavior, said Ruan Zongze, a U.S. relations expert at the China Institute of International Studies, a think tank run by the foreign ministry.

The top USA envoy also said that Trump is willing to listen to and cooperate with China about North Korea, but that he also understands "it creates unique problems for them and challenges". So far, I have gotten nothing. "The president will make whatever decision he thinks is in the best interest of the American people". We can not do this unilaterally.

He offered no indication of what differences had been narrowed between the world's two biggest economies. Some $347 billion of the $502 billion trade deficit recorded by the US past year was with China.

Tillerson described the strikes as "deliberately considered" by the president and a "response that we believe is both proportional and appropriate".

Haley warned the United States would not back down if Assad used chemical weapons again. They have taken so much money out of our country.

The two leaders established US-China Comprehensive Dialogue, elevating their dialogue status.

JOHN YANG: Last week, the president signed a pair of executive orders aimed at combating foreign trade abuses, but he has yet to carry out his campaign promise to formally label China a currency manipulator.

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They reviewed the state of the bilateral relationship and noted the importance of working together to generate positive outcomes that would benefit the citizens of both countries. "But what we did not see is a coherent policy on how we're going to deal with the civil war and also deal with ISIS".

Democrats say the president's all talk and no action.

The White House has downplayed expectations for a breakthrough on issues like trade and tariffs, insisting that the 24-hour summit is mostly an introductory meeting for the two leaders.

JOHN YANG: Former Ambassador Baucus. There are certain difficulties for the United States to launch a unilateral military preemptive strike on North Korea.

MAX BAUCUS: You have to stand up to them.

Following the summit, President Xi agreed to work on a 100-day plan for trade talks aimed at boosting U.S. exports and reducing China's trade surplus with the United States.

For the PBS NewsHour, I'm John Yang.

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In September 2015, the Chinese president's trip to the United States coincided with the first visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. The day before Xi arrived in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama, the pope addressed Congress, an honor not afforded to the president of the world's most populous country.