Xi tells Trump China will work for peaceful solution to North Korea

At the closing of their first face-to-face meeting in Florida, President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping enthused about their new-found rapport. Much of the Communist Party's top leadership will change during a congress later this year, and in the run-up to that event, "Xi Jinping just wants the United States off his back", said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. The two sides also agreed to a "100-day plan" aimed at reducing the US trade deficit with China. President Trump was predicted to push China to reduce its trade imbalance with the United States, which exceeded $347 billion in 2016. "What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah (not pictured) in the Rose Garden after their meeting at the White House in Washington, US.

During the two-day summit, which focused on bilateral trade issues and military cooperation, Trump commented on the " tremendous progress " the us had made with China.

Xi, 63, said that he and Trump, 70, have gained better understanding of each other, cemented their mutual trust, scored many major consensuses, and built up a good working relationship. What they did agree to do is to start a 100-day process of seeking compromises on trade between the United States and China.

That's actually a step down from North Korea's rhetoric from the last time the Carl Vinson strike group sailed near the Korean Peninsula, when it said "a knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier".

He also told ABC's This Week programme: "In terms of North Korea, we've been very clear that our objective is a denuclearized Korea peninsula".

In their telephone call, Xi stressed that China "is committed to the target of denuclearization on the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means", Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said. "He also noted the importance of protecting human rights and other values deeply held by Americans", Spicer said. It seems that the South China Sea issue was not a priority on the agenda between the two countries.

Both leaders underscored their personal commitment to strengthening the longstanding relationship between their two countries and committed to remain in close contact on a range of regional and bilateral issues, the statement added.

Two Chinese statements released directly after the Mar-A-Lago meeting didn't mention North Korea by name, even though the country had been expected to dominate discussions.

The two sides also agreed to deepen communication and cooperation in military, immigration, health care and many other areas, including Beijing's efforts to pursue fugitives who have fled overseas.

"This visit was a great opportunity for both presidents and their wives to get to know one another, enjoy meals together, and work on important issues".

"He said she was speaking absolutely ideal Chinese, he couldn't believe it", the proud grandfather recalled. A Beijing trip by Trump before the once-in-five-year Communist Party congress later this year would "send a signal of Xi's strength and confidence", said Taylor Fravel, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specializes in China's worldwide relations. Trump accepted the invitation.

To China, the relationship with the United States is central, and Beijing needed to ensure its stable development given an unorthodox new US administration. One has to see how differing approaches offered by the U.S. and China could work out in Syria. The United States responded to the chemical strike in Syria by means of a ballistic missile attack, prompting Russian Federation to call it an act of aggression.

In an outcome likely to play well in China, state news agency Xinhua said USA and Chinese officials initiated new dialogue mechanisms on economic issues, as well as security and diplomatic issues, in what appeared to be a reimagining of the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue held under President Barack Obama.

Beijing's first notable success was when Mr. Trump promised Mr. Xi over the phone that he would abide by the "one China" policy after all. The U.S. -China relationship appears stable for the moment, no small feat after Trump regularly attacked Beijing on the campaign trail.

Following the meeting, here's how a selection of people in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei, Taiwan, view America at this early stage of Trump's presidency.

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