Trump and Xi discussed issues concerning North Korea as well according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The airstrikes, announced shortly after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up dinner at a two-day summit in Florida last week, were retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war. The news from official Xinhua news agency came after Trump welcomed his Chinese counterpart in his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Chinese state media on Saturday cheered the meeting as one that showed the world that confrontation between the two powers was not inevitable and established the tone for the development of U.S.
President Trump on Saturday delivered his justification to Congress for ordering a missile strike on Syria this week, saying in a letter to congressional leaders that the USA was prepared to take further military action if necessary.
At that point, the USA should be willing to discuss a freeze of the North's weapons programs, even if it doesn't lead immediately to full denuclearization.
In a possible harbinger of the kind of punishments Washington could inflict, a leading Chinese telecoms company, ZTE, was fined almost $900 million in March for shipping sensitive USA -made technology to Iran in violation of US sanctions.
There was little evidence of Xi's promised "tweetable deliverables" created to smooth ties, but they may be rolled out during a 100-day plan on trade.
The US Navy strike group Carl Vinson canceled a planned trip to Australia and was moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a USA official told Reuters over the weekend. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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The Pentagon insider said: "We have 20 years of diplomacy and sanctions under our belt that has failed to stop the North Korean program".
Trump's barnstorming presidential campaign previous year appeared to set him on course for conflict with China, which he accused of rigging forex markets and cheating at trade to steal American jobs.
During their talks over the two days, Xi and Trump exchanged views on key areas of bilateral cooperation as well as global and regional issues of common concern, it said.
"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", Trump said without getting into specifics.
U.S. 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. He believes that as a result of a better relationship between the United States and China, "lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away". He did not elaborate.
In return, Xi hoped to obtain assurances from Trump on punitive tariffs and the delay of an American arms sale to Taiwan, at least until after a major Communist Party meeting later this year. -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough.
Trump's assertion that the U.S. was prepared to carry out further attacks on Syria if necessary echoed similar comments made by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Friday, who delivered a rebuttal to Russia's condemnations and defended the president's action. He noted the historic responsibility of both countries - the world's largest economies and emerging military rivals - to work toward peace and stability.
Trump informed the Chinese leader personally of the strike as the 59 Tomahawk missiles were winding their way to the Shayrat airbase.