Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived U.S. President Donald Trump has welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate for their first ever summit.
Donald Trump said both Presidents had “developed a friendship” as they together had dinner at his Mar-a-Lago retreat.
Trump said, “It is a great honour to have the president of China and his incredibly talented wife, a great, great celebrity in China and a great singer … in the United States,”
U.S President made a joke, “We’ve had a long discussion already and so far I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing,” Trump added, “But we have developed a friendship, I can see that–and I think in the long term we’re going to have a very, very great relationship and I look very much forward to it.”
Trump was expected to have a detailed discussion with the Chinese President specially regarding the North Korean issues, meanwhile Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected for ensuring assurances over Taiwan.
Mr Trump has said the summit “will be a very difficult one”, as last year Trump accused China of “raping the US” economy.
These Presidents along the both First Ladies including Melania Trump and wife of Chinese President, attended the grand dinner by Trump on Thursday, folk singer Peng Liyuan was also at this gathering.
The pleasant looking meeting was however overshadowed later as US under Trump’s orders plotted an airstrike on a Syrian airbase, which was told as the response to a suspected chemical weapons attack.
A senior White House official Pyongyang said, this meeting will establish a better Trump-Xi relationship, “The clock is very, very quickly running out,” he added, “All options are on the table for us.”
Paul Haenle, a veteran US diplomat who explained China policy to previous U.S presidents said, “This is probably not a welcome development for Xi and the Chinese in terms of optics,” he added, “It somewhat weakens the image of Xi as a strong statesman on the world stage. It will distract from coverage of the summit in US media. But more importantly, I think it says a lot about the US power and preeminent leadership role. It’s hard to imagine any other country in the world making that kind of unilateral strike – certainly not China.”