US vows to keep up pressure on Syria after missile strikes

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Chinese state media on Saturday cheered the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as one that showed the world that confrontation between the two powers was not inevitable.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Friday that the two sides would report back in 100 days on ways to make U.S.

President Xi Jinping is on a two-day visit to the United States of America on 6-7 April for his first meeting Trump.

The US surprise attack on the Syrian government forces, the Trump administration's first military action, was also a sign that Trump, when necessary, could take a more aggressive approach to security issues than his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Still, the pitched battle over trade policy, on the eve of Trump's meeting with Xi, injected an unpredictable note into an encounter that has been billed mostly as a get-acquainted session for the two leaders.

The statement said that North Korea, which regards Syria as an ally, was not surprised that this United States military attack was a "warning to us" and that it was another example that "we have to defend ourselves against imperialist aggressions".

That threat holds merit now with the surprise US missile attack against Syria on Thursday.

The U.S. removed its nukes from South Korea 25 years ago.

Trump did not specifically mention North Korea after the summit, and all what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said amounted to admission of an "agreement to disagree or differ". But China's leaders are still trying to figure out Trump, and his quick decision to strike Syria may cause them to reconsider that assumption. "So they recognize that that shows our clear determination to crack down on that sort of activity", Ross said.

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Mr Trump wants China to do more to deter the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea, its ally, and these analysts viewed the Syria attack as a reminder to Mr Xi that the USA could also attack the North, if necessary.

In a separate interview, Tillerson told CBS' Face the Nation: "President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken".

"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 USA military action.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani meanwhile said that "terrorists" were applauding Trump for launching a missile strike on an airbase of his Syrian government ally.

After 10 weeks of pinballing through political and domestic fiascos largely of his own making, President Trump last week faced the kinds of wrenching external challenges no White House occupant can avoid for long.

Xi reciprocated Trump's warm words, saying the summit had "uniquely important significance" and thanking Trump for a warm reception.

North Korea is developing missiles capable of hitting the United States.

The two leaders were joined Thursday evening by US First Lady Melania Trump, a former model, and Peng Liyuan - a celebrated folk singer Trump hailed as a "great, great celebrity".

In a conciliatory gesture, the two countries are expected to announce they will continue to hold an annual high-level dialogue on strategic and economic issues, which began during the George W Bush administration and continued under Obama, though there has been some talk of elevating the session to the level of Vice President Mike Pence.