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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government said the US was “one step away” from war after Mr Trump’s strike on Syria

Trump had campaigned his election with strident anti-China rhetoric but his meeting with the Chinese President and also the telephonic conversation he held with him in February, it appears as Trump has reversed his stance as he reassured the Chinese counterpart that the USA administration will honor the one China policy.

Backing away from a campaign pledge, President Donald Trump said his administration will not label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week, though he does feel the USA dollar "is getting too strong". Gone was the tone of recent Trump tweets declaring the visit would be "very difficult" as the U.S. could no longer tolerate massive job losses and trade deficits. China continues to call for negotiations, which the Trump administration has rejected unless its demands are met.

In the wake of this Trump storm, Syria served as a diversion for Beijing from making any concrete commitments on some of the contentious issues during the summit.

"It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Supreme People's Assembly", said Hwang, acting leader since former President Park Geun-hye was removed over a graft scandal.

Trump said he and Xi "held in-depth discussions on the seriousness of North Korea's nuclear problem and how to respond to it".

Would Xi be able to develop a personal chemistry with the American president during their first meeting?

A U.S. Navy strike group led by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is en route to the western Pacific with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria.

USA industry had hoped Trump would deliver a strong message to Xi behind closed doors to end what they see as discriminatory trade policies, but not do anything rash to spark a trade war.

The Trump administration is reviewing its policy toward North Korea and has said all options are on the table, including military strikes.

Such closer cooperation could include tighter enforcement of global trade sanctions — nearly all of North Korea's trade passes through China — along with a crackdown on the North's ability to use the worldwide financial system and heavy punishments or exclusion from the financial world for those who deal with the North. "That's one of the things we are going to be talking about".

Pyongyang could abandon its nuclear ambitions voluntarily if it were guaranteed a collective security agreement driven by relevant regional powers. Apart from China, without consultation with leaders sitting in capitals in South Korea and Japan, any action could complicate the issue.

But the account of the talks in Xinhua did not mention North Korea.

Despite concerns, the relationship between China and the United States has moved in many directions and expanded mutual ties.

The South's deployment of a controversial U.S. missile defence system loathed by Beijing will also be high on Wu's agenda, Yonhap news agency said.

President Donald Trump proclaimed the success of his summit with China on Saturday, tweeting, "It was a great honor to have President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China as our guests in the United States".

Meanwhile, Beijing was content to deflect any heavy criticism over the trade deficit and job losses.

China says it is in full compliance with sanctions enacted under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Trump later said he wasn't changing the One-China policy after all, but the damage had been done.

Surprisingly, Trump did not resort to any of his campaign days jibes.

While no detailed plans have been drawn up, both parties came away from the summit with a 100-day plan that would involve discussions about reducing the USA trade deficit with China.

In a newspaper interview and a White House news conference Wednesday, Trump hailed the rapport he developed with Xi during last week's Florida summit, which seems to have yielded an immediate easing of tensions related to the U.S.

With China slated for a major transition in its political leadership as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) convenes its 19th National Congress in late 2017, all Beijing had hoped for is a "get to know", not some embarrassing squabbling summit.

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