Chinese President Xi Jinping visited President Trump for a two-day summit at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6th and 7th.

During the meeting, Trump and Xi discussed urgent issues including U.S.-China trade imbalances and North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.  Trump told China that it needs to make changes to its economy in order to level the playing field for American workers.  He focused on encouraging the creation of a more balanced economic relationship, especially regarding trade between the two countries.  Trump also asked China to exert more pressure on North Korea, warning that the U.S. may take military action alone if China fails to act.  However, Trump and Xi agreed to solve the challenge presented by North Korea in a peaceful manner. 

The visit was largely overshadowed by an American airstrike on Syria.  Some say that the timing was not a coincidence, and that Trump wanted to show his power off to the Chinese president.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the meeting between the two leaders was a success, and both of them enjoyed “very frank, very candid” discussions.  Despite the warm atmosphere, the meetings did not accomplish much besides pledges of increased cooperation between the two countries.