Made tremendous progress in ties with China

Trevor Jackson
April 12, 2017

China's President Xi Jinping and his delegation have left US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, concluding a 24-hour visit that defied expectations among some analysts that a meeting so soon into Trump's tenure risked damaging relations between the world's two largest countries. 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.

"We have very similar economic interests and there are areas where they clearly want to work with us", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters. And my view is, we should stand up to them more than we have, precisely, targeted, not big blunderbuss, you know, a huge, big tariff and all that, but, rather, selected industries and sectors. "He's telling the Chinese that, 'Listen, the North Koreans are trying to weaponize intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the rhetoric is they will use them against my country and my people".

In a February interview with Reuters, he said: "I think they're grand champions at manipulation of currency". The missile strikes on Syria bring more weight to that statement.

He called their relationship "outstanding".

Trump and Xi are also scheduled to sit down together again for a working lunch.

The summit will also be watched closely as to whether the U.S. stands up to China for bullying South Korea for hosting the U.S. THAAD missile defense system created to defend better against ever-growing missile threats from North Korea.

"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", said Trump. "I think truly progress has been made".

"In the past 40 years, the United States and China have developed deep ties, and this administration is committed to ensuring these ties endure for the next 40 years".

Stone Fish says the Chinese will see Syria as a metaphor for North Korea.

President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida. And I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away, " Trump said. For a trip to the meet the leader of the free world, greater coverage would seem to be warranted.

Syria regime allies threaten to act over 'aggression'
In Damascus, dozens of Syrian students gathered outside the offices of the United Nations to protest the USA missile attack. The president also criticised the United States for imposing sanctions on Iran and attacking an airbase in Syria.

Trump and Xi are spending part of Friday in talks at Trump's estate in Florida. Chinese state media reported late Thursday that Trump has accepted Xi's invitation to visit China this year.

Another matter that didn't come up was the bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s nuclear reactor business.

"All of us are feeling very good about the results of this summit".

The highly anticipated U.S.

"We have been treated unfairly and have made awful trade deals with China for many, many years, " Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday as he flew to Palm Beach. "That's one of the things we are going to be talking about", Trump said before the meeting.

It is also the president's 10th consecutive weekend traveling to a Trump-owned property, the reporter said. "The president underscored the need for China to take concrete steps to level the playing field for American workers, stressing repeatedly the need for reciprocal market access". Unlike Syria, North Korea has a means of striking back.

And the Chinese government will guess that the timing of the American missile strike was a blunt message that without more robust Chinese help on dismantling Kim Jong-un's nuclear programme, the next target for pre-emptive American military action might be North Korea. No mention of the 59 Tomahawk missiles that were served up around the same time. The strikes mark a possible end to Trump's honeymoon with the Russians who are staunch supporters of the Syrian regime led by President Assad.

Xi's visit was overshadowed, though, by a USA missile barrage on an air base in Syria in response to this week's chemical weapons attack against civilians, which the US blamed on President Bashar Assad.

A spokesperson China's foreign ministry said it opposed the use of force in worldwide affairs but stopped short of explicitly condemning the USA attack. They've gotten little pushback from the United States. And within Trump's administration, there are still divisions over how to approach China.

"Both the atmosphere and the chemistry between the two leaders was positive, the posture between the two really set the tone", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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