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"We had a long discussion already and so far I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing", Trump joked on Thursday night at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while dining with Xi, who arrived in the afternoon. For example: Trump's acceptance of Xi's invitation to China.

Behind closed doors, the top item on Trump's agenda is North Korea.

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Xi landed in Alaska for a refueling stop following his meeting with President Donald Trump earlier Friday in Florida. They then set off on a short sightseeing tour of Alaska's largest city.

Despite the intervention of the Syrian missile strikes, Xi got what he wanted from the trip, analysts said.

Mnuchin said the discussions focused on creating a "more balanced economic relationship, specifically on trade". The two leaders were expected to discuss North Korea and trade relations.

Previous White Houses have held China accountable for its human rights record, something this administration has made very little mention of, whether in China or elsewhere.

President Donald Trump pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear program and help reduce the gaping US trade deficit with Beijing in talks on Friday, even as he toned down the strident anti-China rhetoric of his election campaign.

The swift action in Syria could be interpreted as a signal especially to defiant nuclear-armed North Korea - and by extension, its ally China - as well as other countries like Iran and Russian Federation of Trump's willingness to use military force if deemed necessary.

S.to crack down on North Korea's nuclear program Military options against North Korea are much riskier than those against Syria.

Wang Dong, associate professor of worldwide studies at China's elite Peking University, said the move may have had the added bonus in Trump's eyes of sending North Korea a message over its nuclear program, but that China was unlikely to be fazed.

U.S. President Donald Trump's first meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, took place at Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6.

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However, the vote was closer this time with 15 Republicans siding with Democrats in the effort to retain the rule. Republicans and industry groups have blasted that discrepancy, saying it was unfair and confusing for consumers.

However, whether the USA would, in fact, take military action against North Korea is a different story, given the covert nature of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs and its growing weapons capabilities that could cause "tremendous damage in the region", added Blinken, who also served as deputy national security adviser to former President Barack Obama. They reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearization of the divided Korean Peninsula.

Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times published Sunday that China should help with the problem by using the "great influence" it has over Pyongyang, warning that if it doesn't, the USA will solve the problem on its own, and that "won't be good for anyone". He invited Trump to China at the beginning of the talks.

Xi invited Trump to visit China later this year.

CGTN's Nathan King reports from Palm Beach in Florida.

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The timing of the USA action against the Syrian government could be taken as message to the Chinese - and the North Koreans - about the Trump administration's willingness to use military power.

"I suspect Xi will treat Trump's threat against North Korea as more serious than before this, provided the behind the scenes body language does not counteract it", Douglas H. Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told The New York Times.

"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", Trump said as the two delegations met around tables flanked by large USA and Chinese flags.

Xi said a few words afterward in Chinese, but no translator was president. North Korea, for its part, test-fired a ballistic missile ahead of the Trump-Xi meeting.

The meeting of the leaders of the world's two largest economies was largely overshadowed by the USA missile strikes on Syria.

Mr Trump gave no indication of this move on Friday, telling reporters it was a "tremendous honour for me and all of my representative to host the president and his representatives". Moreover, comments by Xi suggest that a U.S. military strike against Syria, ordered by Trump shortly before the two presidents met, didn't sour the friendly tone of the summit.

Trump has hope to use the talks with Xi to persuade and pressure China to use more of its leverage as the main provider of food and energy for the impoverished North to bring the provocative regime under control, and to reduce the massive trade deficit with China.

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