Trump hails ‘outstanding’ relationship with Chinese leader
US President Donald Trump has announced an “outstanding” relationship following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In a brief appearance before reporters on Friday, Trump said that he and Xi made “tremendous progress” in their first face-to-face talks and that he believes “lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away.”
The two days of talks at Trump’s private estate in Florida were expected to focus on what Trump has elaborated as China’s unfair trade practices and inadequate efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program.
According to Xi, the delegation had talked over important issues and a good and working relationship was established.
He added that China and US can and will continue developing their relationship and further emphasized that both countries are responsible in terms of working toward peace and stability.
The talks came amid US firing dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to this week’s alleged chemical attack in the Arab country that it has blamed on the government.
Khan Sheikhun, the area of a suspected chemical weapons attack on the town that killed at least 70 people on April 4, 2107. (Photo by AFP)
With regards to US attack in Syria, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday that China opposed the use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances.
The US president brought his top economic and national security advisers to Florida for the meeting, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Chinese officials worried that the unpredictable Trump could publicly embarrass Xi, after several foreign leaders experienced awkward moments with the new US president. Trump pledged during his 2016 presidential election campaign to stop what he called the theft of US factory jobs by China and rebuild America’s manufacturing base.
A television screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, on April 5, 2017. (photo by AFP)
Trump has urged Xi to pressure North Korea into halting its nuclear program, which is one of the most urgent issues for the US.
Pyongyang is trying to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of targeting the western part of the US.