Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North Korea

Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump went to one of his golf courses on the Florida Atlantic coast Sunday for a second consecutive day, following an eventful week that included his much-scrutinized summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which he ordered cruise missiles launched at a Syrian airbase.

Trump said in a brief appearance before reporters Friday that he and Xi made "tremendous progress" in their talks and that he believes "lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carries a message for any nation operating outside of global norms. He said he believes that the USA and China can continue to develop the relationship, noting that it's the historic responsibility of both countries to work toward peace and stability.

The results fall short of high expectations that Trump would press Xi hard to solve the North Korea problem as the only country that has any meaningful influence over Pyongyang. The most powerful message for the Chinese leader may have been Trump's decision to launch US missile strikes at Syria.

"There are great differences between the Syria situation and the Korean peninsula situation", Wang said, noting North Korea's conventional military capability to strike back at South Korea in the event of US military action.

Officials have said the leaders are expected to discuss North Korea's nuclear ambitions and trade, among other issues important to the world's two biggest economies. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Tillerson said the two leaders noted the urgency of the threat of North Korea's weapons program. Along with its rapidly advancing nuclear and long-range missile capabilities, it has its artillery and short-range missiles trained on Seoul, the capital of USA ally South Korea and a city of more than 10 million people.

China is Alaska's leading trade partner, buying more than $1 billion in Alaska products in 2016.

Trump said the United States is willing to further strengthen cooperation with China in economy, military affairs and people-to-people exchanges, and support China's efforts in hunting for fugitives who have fled overseas and recovering illicit money.

Trump aides who participated in the talks described a productive first meeting between the leaders, saying they exhibited "positive" chemistry.

USA officials say President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to increase cooperation on trying to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, and China has acknowledged the need for more balanced trade with the U.S.

Xi proposed that the two sides maintain military exchanges at various levels, give full play to such mechanisms as China-U.S. defense ministry consultations and Asia-Pacific security dialogue, and make good use of the dialogue mechanism to be established between the two countries' joint staffs of the armed forces. But they offered no details about how they planned to achieve that.

China's economy is to maintain sound momentum of development, and China and the United States enjoy broad prospects in economic and trade cooperation, said Xi, urging the two sides to grasp the opportunity. Trump repeatedly bashed China on the campaign trail and upon taking office, blaming it for the loss of American jobs, reports Politico news. Some $347 billion of the $502 billion trade deficit recorded by the US previous year was with China.

Xi was to take a sightseeing tour, including a stop at Beluga Point, a pullout on the scenic Seward Highway about 15 miles south of Anchorage. The waters are home to the endangered Beluga whale. "We have tremendous potential in our oil and gas, tourism, fish, air cargo and mineral resource industries", Walker said in a statement issued before the meeting. Trump jokingly said he agrees with whatever Xi said.

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