The missile barrage enhances Trump's image as a leader willing to use USA military power quickly and in a precision-strike manner - which is exactly the scenario that concerns North Korea most.
Pivoting off what the White House considers a successful US missile strike in Syria, the Trump administration sent a not-so-subtle message Sunday to North Korea: Don't risk being next.
The US military began deployment of the Thaad system in March, a day after the North test-fired four ballistic missiles. The Yonhap News Agency reported that Xi's government would send an envoy to visit South Korea on Monday to discuss issues on North Korea, a Chinese ally since the 1950s.
- Agreed to draw up a 100-day plan to reduce the USA trade deficit with China.
Regarding the biggest pending issue between them, North Korea, Trump and Xi managed only a pledge to strengthen cooperation toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders publicly played down their economic and political disputes and addressed their common interest in reining in North Korea's mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un.
Tillerson said Xi told Trump that he "understood that such a response was necessary when people are killing children" and expressed "an appreciation" to Trump for informing him of the number of missiles that were launched and explaining the rationale behind the strike.
Contrast this treatment of President Trump with the last time President Barack Obama visited China.
As a candidate and president, Trump has taken an aggressive posture toward China, labeling Beijing a "tremendous problem" and arguing that lopsided trade deals with China shortchange US businesses and workers. Of course, China's success in maintaining the relationship doesn't spell a US defeat.
According to the state-sanctioned North Korean news outlet KCNA, a foreign ministry spokesperson for the government of Kim Jong-un said, "Swaggering as a superpower, the U.S. has been picking only on countries without nuclear weapons and the Trump administration is no exception". He did not elaborate.
In a video posted to her Twitter account, Ivanka Trump gave a sneak peek into one of the private meetings between her father and Xi - and it could not have been any cuter. -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough.
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. "For the peace and stability of the world, we will also fulfill our historical responsibility".
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President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from their first face-to-face meeting Friday with informal agreements to improve trade balance between their two countries and work together to "denuclearize" the Korean peninsula, according to top USA officials. Trump spoke publicly of progress on a range of issues in his first U.S.
Their comments were echoed by a front-page commentary in the overseas edition of the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, which said the meeting established the tone for the development of US-China relations. "What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported", he said. "We look forward to being together many times in the future and I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away", he said without elaborating. "That's one of the things we are going to be talking about".
Several lawmakers said Sunday that decision shouldn't entirely be up to Trump.
In a posting on its web site on Saturday, China's foreign ministry said the countries had agreed to "properly" deal with issues of trade friction.
At Mar-a-Lago on Friday, Trump urged China to take steps to "level the playing field for American workers", according to the White House statement.
With Chinese President Xi Jinping safely out of the US and no longer President Donald Trump's guest, China's state-run media was free to denounce the missile strike on Syria, which the US President told Mr Xi about while they were finishing dinner.
The Republican president, who took office on January 20, tweeted last week that the United States could no longer tolerate massive trade deficits and job losses and that his meeting with Xi "will be a very hard one".
"Clearly, both leaders want this summit to succeed and be seen as a success", Prof Shi Yinhong, who heads the Centre for American Studies at Beijing's Renmin University, told The Straits Times.
China is Alaska's leading trade partner, buying more than $1 billion in Alaska products in 2016.
Steel: The New York Times reported last week that Trump plans to soon sign an executive order targeting countries, notably China, that sell steel in the USA market at below cost prices.
Trump advisers said the goal, at least from the USA side, was to increase American exports to China.