With Xi out of US, Chinese media slam Trump

In comments to the Global Times, Lu Chao, from the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, said: "The US needs to take many things into consideration if it plans to launch a military attack on North Korea, especially whether its allies Japan and South Korea will fully cooperate and how Russian Federation and China will respond".

Moon did not directly respond to a question about the possibility of a USA military strike against the North. That will be all right, too.

Trump's upbeat assessment of the relations with China contrasted with blunt talk about ties with Russian Federation, a country with which he had repeatedly vowed to start a new partnership. A Beijing trip by Trump before the once-in-five-year Communist Party congress later this year would "send a signal of Xi's strength and confidence", said Taylor Fravel, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specializes in China's global relations.

What next? This was the question circulating in Western capitals hours after the United States carried out a missile attack on the Syrian air base Al-Shayrat, reportedly destroying 9 bombers and damaging a further five.

Rather than continue its tough talk on North Korea, Markey told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday that Trump should ask Xi "to tighten the screws" with economic sanctions.

China is the isolated country's sole major ally and economic lifeline, and Beijing in February suspended all coal imports from the North in punishment for Pyongyang's latest missile test.

Tokyo hopes that the United States' strong response on Syria will put pressure on North Korea, which shows signs of preparing for its sixth nuclear test and more test-firings of ballistic missiles. It is moving closer to developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could threaten the US mainland.

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Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program but wants a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump in a phone call Wednesday.

"Before I send my child to the U.S.to study, I probably need to ask again: 'Is the USA still a safe place?' As minority groups become less accepted in American society, the U.S.is no longer an ideal destination for Chinese students to study".

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, (President) Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good and get fully engaged" with the United Nations peace process on Syria.

Beijing's insistence on a peaceful approach to resolving the issue is rooted in its belief that any attempt to denuclearize the North by force would bring cataclysmic results upon all sides, including China, Ruan said.

Whether the Trump administration will wait for China to bully North Korea into submission is unknown. "That is the real litmus test". The next report is supposed to come out this week. China has defined its territorial claims as a "core interest", which implies that it will use force to defend its position there.

Sawyers added: "I think what the Chinese are beginning to understand is that if this can't be solved peaceably through negotiations, through pressure, then there is a serious risk that the United States will have only one option left, which is the military option". "When the president fails to label them a currency manipulator, he gives them a green light to steal our jobs and wealth time and time again".

Rather than the antagonistic rhetoric that dominated the campaign, and at least some of Trump's time in the White House so far, the description of the US President's meeting with his counterpart was deliberately amiable and relatively low key. And he left open the possibility of re-nominating Janet Yellen for a second four-year term as Fed chair. So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - which President Barack Obama declined to do after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad.