Xi, Trump Pledge to Expand Mutually Beneficial Cooperation, Manage Differences

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XI JINPING, Chinese President (through interpreter): This bilateral meeting is a thoughtful and ingenious arrangement.

While Chinese leaders hoped Xi would bask in the warm glow of an worldwide spotlight, he was quickly upstaged, with the new USA president, Syria and Russian Federation commanding all the attention. They then set off on a short sightseeing tour of Alaska's largest city.

However, Xi apparently got something out of dinner. It's a two-way street, with Alaska's imports from China only lagging behind trade with neighboring Canada.

Beijing's most powerful leader in decades also invited the neophyte U.S. president on a coveted state visit to China later in the year.

Although China is not implicated in the Syrian war, Trump's actions resonate widely, not least in the debate over how to tackle North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

While Trump would not say what he wants China to do specifically with regard to North Korea, he suggested there was a link between "terrible" trade agreements the USA has made with China and Pyongyang's provocations. North Korea has repeatedly tested nuclear weapons in recent years, a move that the United States strongly opposes.

China has not directly said it is targeting South Korean companies.

President Donald Trump had predicted a "very difficult" meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

There may also be offers to further open China's auto and agricultural markets, insiders say, and even some concessions on Chinese banks' transactions with North Korea, a vital financial lifeline for the country. They reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearization of the divided Korean Peninsula.

During the campaign, denunciations of China were a constant refrain in Mr. Trump's stump speeches. He also noted the importance of protecting human rights, and asked China to adhere to global norms in the seas of East Asia, Tillerson said. Back in China, state media posted upbeat photos and video of Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, dining with Trump and his wife, Melania, at Mar-a-Lago. Whether it will be enough to move China towards denuclearizing the NoKo's remains to be seen.

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"China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won't", he said, adding "If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don't, it won't be good for anyone". "So I think all of us are feeling very good about the results of this summit in terms of what it did for setting a very constructive tone going forward".

"President Xi clearly understands", Tillerson clarified, "and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken", according to The Guardian.

The tete-a-tete, which took place in an aura of cordiality in what Trump calls the "Southern White House", also cultivated a sound working relationship and personal rapport between the two leaders, who preside over what many describe as the most important bilateral relationship in today's world.

Mnuchin said the discussions focused on creating a "more balanced economic relationship, specifically on trade".

JOHN YANG: U.S. officials say Mr. Trump has accepted an invitation to visit China in the future.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Sunday left open the possibility of additional USA military action against Syria following last week's missile strike but indicated that the United States was not seeking to act unilaterally to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

There were no trade or investment deals announced, no agreement to contain North Korea's nuclear ambitions, no plan stitched together to reduce tensions in the South China Sea.

On Friday, Mr. Xi returned to the resort in the late morning to meet with Mr. Trump and stroll around the grounds of Mar-a-Lago.

China did not immediately respond to President Donald Trump's retaliatory strike on the Assad regime for its chemical weapons attack earlier in the week, but analysts said Beijing was likely to be both angered and impressed by the strikes.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, D-N.Y., Minority Leader: One of the few hopes we had with President Trump is that he'd finally stand up to China, but, up to now, when it comes to China, he looks like a 98-pound weakling.

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