'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade

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Heading into the first talks between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, North Korea was the front-and-center security issue on the table.

The president is spending the weekend at his Florida resort after the two-day meetings with Xi.

State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times said the meeting "served as an indicator that the China-US relationship is still very much on course since the Trump administration took office in January", and it was likely the two nations would develop a more "pragmatic relationship".

China is now the largest trading partner of the US.

"From the Chinese point of view, there is still room to explore a path for a diplomatic solution", Wang said.

A number of world leaders rallied around the US strikes on Friday, applauding the action as a necessary and proportional response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons in the country's Idlib Province.

"Trump's attack on Syria is unlikely to have any significant effect on a North Korea that is already well versed in the threat posed by the United States", said Joel Wit, a senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

We "arrived at many common understandings", Xi added "the most important being deepening our friendship and building a kind of trust". The first meeting between the two leaders urged talks about investment, infrastructure and energy.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the Chinese had expressed an interest in reducing China's trade surplus as a way of controlling their own inflation. China and the U.S. agreed that Pyongyang's programmes are a serious problem, but have not seen eye-to-eye on how to respond.

In fact, the North justifies its nuclear weapons as a necessary deterrent to the US military threat and has over the past weeks warned that the biggest-ever joint U.S.

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China has agreed to "strong" new measures to punish North Korea if it carries out a nuclear test, Seoul said Monday after the United States signaled it may act to shut down Pyongyang's weapons program.

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"President Trump noted the importance of adhering to worldwide rules and norms in the East and South China Seas and to previous statements on non-militarisation".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned that the two leaders had also discussed human rights issues.

The two leaders established US China Comprehensive Dialogue, elevating their dialogue status. "We will be making additional progress".

It was unclear when China's customs department issued the return order.

But the two days of meetings appeared heavier on optics than substance.

There appeared to be little in the way of concrete achievements during 24 hours in the sun, but officials said that a rapport had been built that will carry on the next four years.

Trump's aides insisted he had made good on his pledge to raise concerns about China's trade practices and said there was some headway, with Xi agreeing to a 100-day plan for trade talks aimed at boosting US exports and reducing China's trade surplus with the United States. "They agreed to work together in the interim to ensure a successful and results-focused visit", Spicer said.

Like his predecessors in the White House, Trump wants China to do more to influence the North's behaviour, but has gone further than others in threatening to go it alone if Beijing fails to step up to the plate.

Despite his tough campaign talk, Trump has so far not followed through on his threat to formally brand China a "currency manipulator", nor to hit Chinese imports with punitive tariffs.

The bonhomie extended behind closed doors, where the U.S. president's grandson and granddaughter sang a traditional Chinese ballad - "Jasmine Flower" - and recited poetry for their honored guests, earning praise from their "very proud" mother Ivanka in a tweet.

Trump's position on democratically ruled Taiwan - which China considers a breakaway province - has been an major irritant since he accepted a protocol-breaking phone call from the Taiwanese president after his election victory.