Chinese state media cheer Xi-Trump meeting, say confrontation not inevitable
Apr 11 2017 by Harriet Stone
Trump said instead the two sides made "tremendous progress", while striking a tone of optimism about future negotiations. -China summit was upstaged by US missile strikes overnight against a Syrian air base from which Trump said a deadly chemical weapon attack had been launched.
Asked if the development of a long-range ballistic missile would mark a red line for Trump, Tillerson said: "If we judge that they have perfected that type of delivery system, then that becomes a very serious stage of their further development".
With the attacks on Syria in the background, Trump clearly threatened that the U.S. would take unilateral action against North Korea, if the Chinese government did not force Pyongyang to meet Washington's demands.
South Korea's acting Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said Trump spoke to him over telephone on Saturday (8 April) morning to brief him about the US-China summit that was held over two days at the American president's South Beach, Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. Most important among them was "deepening our friendship" and building a trust in keeping with the Sino-US working relationship.
Xi met with Trump on April 6-7 in Florida, with the talks on Friday lasting for over seven hours, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
China and the United States agreed that Pyongyang's programmes are a serious problem, but have not seen eye-to-eye on how to respond.
Economist Louis Kuijs, from Britain-based consultancy Oxford Economics, has argued that if the Trump administration wants to help its people and companies benefit more from globalisation, it is making a mistake targeting the U.S. trade balance with China.
Following a second day of bilateral talks, press secretary Sean Spicer said both China and the US agreed to increase cooperation between the two superpowers to "convince North Korea to peacefully resolve the issue and dismantle its illegal nuclear and missile programs" and to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in the Korean peninsula.
"The Syrian President is elected by the people of Syria and we respect their choice", intoned a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in response to the USA military strike on the country, an argument which not even Moscow, which is propping up the Damascus regime with Russian troops, has ever used in defence of the Syrian president.
At the press briefing with Tillerson and Ross, Mnuchin told reporters that he would soon announce additional sanctions on Syria "as part of our ongoing effort to stop this type of activity and emphasize how significant we view this". Trump does appear to have done what he said he would do, and listened to his generals.
The outcomes of the meetings include four new high-level mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation in diplomacy and security; the economy; law enforcement and cyber security; and social and people-to-people exchanges.
"We see the sensible grown-ups within the administration taking charge and the rather ideological figures around Trump himself being marginalised, and that's to be welcomed".
"This visit was a great opportunity for both presidents and their wives to get to know one another, enjoy meals together, and work on important issues". U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responded to the test with an unusually terse statement, saying "the United States has spoken enough about North Korea" and he has "no further comment". Trump accepted, with a date yet to be determined.
The U.S. -China summit was the first of several opportunities for Mr. Trump to demonstrate statesmanship by advancing the national interest in resetting U.S. trade and investment relationships with China. "Because we are the piggy bank that they keep robbing from".
The head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, which provides missile detection for the region, said Thursday she was "extremely confident" of U.S. capability to intercept a potential intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bound for America from the North. "I think that's where we start", he said.
But many industry groups and economists argue that Trump would be better off pushing China to open its markets.
Although Trump during the presidential election campaign had pledged to label China a currency manipulator on the first day of his administration, he has refrained from doing so.
So why should America Firsters be happy about the Xi-Trump meeting?