Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North Korea

Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North Korea

President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago last week.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "It was a great honor to have President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China as our guests in the United States".

Housewife Wang Haiping, 44, said she sees frictions ahead as Trump seeks to maintain USA dominance over a rising China.

China has vehemently objected to the deployment of a Thaad battery in Korea, saying it goes against its national security interests, undertaking a series of economic retaliatory measures against Seoul. A much heavier risk would be required to take military action against the nuclear-armed North, which has its artillery and missiles trained on a key US ally, South Korea.

Lamenting the US' ballooning US$347 billion trade deficit with Asia's biggest economy, Trump has accused China of economic "rape".

"I think truly progress has been made", Trump said, declaring his relationship with Xi as "outstanding". The objective, Mr. Ross said, is to increase US exports to China and reduce the USA trade deficit. Mr Trump who had expected "a very difficult" meeting with the Chinese leader, also hinted, during an interview with the Financial Times earlier, that tariffs might be a subject for a second meeting later.

"Then, next month when a new (South Korean) government gets under way, North Korea is expected to try to turn the situation around into a phase of appeasement and, use its moratorium of nuclear and ballistic missile tests to find middle ground with South Korea and the United States", Cheong said.

Tensions between the leaders of the world's two largest economies spiked following Trump's shock election last November with many predicting a dramatic downturn in relations.

"North Korea's posture has to change before there's any basis for dialogue or discussions", Tillerson said.

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On Saturday, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai criticised both the Afghan and United States governments for the attack. The statement said it is the responsibility of Afghans, not the USA , to remove the Islamic State group from the country.

North Korea launched a projectile on Wednesday, which US officials said appeared to be a liquid-fuelled, extended-range Scud missile that only travelled a fraction of its range before spinning out of control and crashing into the sea.

"President Trump and President Xi agreed to work in concert to expand areas of cooperation while managing differences based on mutual respect", he said.

"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the report said, adding that the North's "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot" will foil any aggression by the U.S.

"I think President Xi, from their part, shared the view that this has reached a very serious stage in terms of the advancement of North Korea's nuclear capabilities", Mr Tillerson said. Others read too little in it by describing it as a move created to bolster President Donald Trump's position as a man who means what he says. China's response to the airstrikes was muted.

North Korea's Supreme People's Congress began its annual sitting on Tuesday, and there is speculation a nuclear plan will be unveiled ahead of April 15, the birthday anniversary of North Korean founder Kim Il-sung.

North Korea now has the strength to "wipe out" the United States "in a moment" with an H-bomb, the editorial said. Unlike Syria, North Korea has a means of striking back.

"(We) are prepared to chart our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us", said Tillerson. "So they recognize that that shows our clear determination to crack down on that sort of activity", Ross said.

Next, the missile attack, even if it turns out to be little more than a semiologist's exercise in diplomacy, weakens claims that the Trump administration is somehow beholden to the Kremlin at least on major worldwide issues.

In tone and results, the summit was similar to a 2013 meeting between Xi and President Barack Obama in Rancho Mirage, California, that also produced little by way of tangible announcements. 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.

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