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US, China can solve all global problems together: Trump to Xi

US, China can solve all global problems together: Trump to Xi

The pomp and circumstance may be meant to allay some of Trump's fervour on sticky issues such as China's vast trade surplus with the United States and continued relationship with its rogue neighbour, North Korea.

"I want to just say that President Xi - where we will be tomorrow, China - has been very helpful".

If Mr Trump had chose to stay off Twitter in China, it could have been perceived as him being silenced, albeit virtually, by Chinese censorship. "So China is out trying very hard to solve the problem with North Korea".

Evidently pleased with the first day of his visit, Trump circumvented China's internet censorship system to post a message to Xi on Twitter, which is banned in the country.

"We may have differences from time to time", Xi said, but both nations will gain from the benefits of increasing trade. However, deep divisions persist over trade and North Korea. But it also underscored the geopolitical realities Trump has had to confront as President - and the relief here that he has yet to enact numerous toughest measures he pledged at almost every campaign trail rally.

The two leaders also discussed China's huge trade surplus with the US.

After their summit at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in April, the two countries agreed on a 100-day plan to address trade issues.

Trump arrived in the Chinese capital on Wednesday from South Korea as part of a marathon Asia tour where he has received a lavish welcome from Xi, including a personal tour of the Forbidden City.

High on optics, the first leg of the visit of the presidential couple in China offered a glimpse of the "state visit-plus" welcome, which the Chinese officialdom had promised.

The two sides announced $250 billion in new deals between USA and Chinese firms.

Some in the USA business community have expressed worry that contract wins could come at the expense of resolving long-standing complaints over market access restrictions in China.

But many long-standing concerns that US businesses have in China remain, including unfettered access to the China market, cybersecurity and the growing presence of China's ruling Communist Party inside foreign firms.

China expert Cheng Li of the Brookings Institution said Xi and Trump may share little in style, but they do have common values.

In a fiery response, North Korea's state media agency KCNA said: "The world is undergoing unprecedented throes because of Trump, a notorious "political heretic". Even as he made the remarks, Trump sought to bolster his image as a hard-nosed negotiator, announcing $250 billion in agreements between U.S. companies and China.

Cui says another thing China had to do was "find a channel through which to communicate with Trump".

In the past, Trump has called China a "currency manipulator" - accusing it of holding the renminbi weak relative to the USA dollar to boost exports. To improve ties between Seoul and Beijing, Gao called for "finding new drivers" for their relationship in economic terms.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, spoke about free speech during his two visits to China, a sentiment that Trump is unlikely to express.

"Our trade deficit is massive".

Xi said he had a deep exchange of views with Trump and reached consensus on numerous issues of mutual concern. "It has to come down", Trump said Monday in Japan, before signaling that the USA "will take very, very strong action" against countries that he believes have taken advantage of the US.