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Along with its rapidly advancing nuclear and long-range missile capabilities, the North has its artillery and short-range missiles trained on Seoul, the capital of US ally South Korea and a city of more than 10 million people.

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Hours before meeting each other, Trump predicted aboard Air Force One that "China will be stepping up" to help the United States put a stop to North Korea's nuclear program.

"Both the atmosphere and the chemistry between the two leaders was positive, the posture between the two really set the tone", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The carrier group includes the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, with support from several missile destroyers and missile cruisers.

The U.S and China made tremendous progress in bilateral ties during meetings with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, President Donald Trump said.

Mr Xi's invitation to visit China, which Mr Trump accepted, will also provide another opportunity for both leaders to monitor progress between now and the next summit, giving little time for both sides to be complacent.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is the son of former ruler Kim Jong-il and the grandson of Kim Il-sung, commonly referred to as the country's founding father. A host of pundits speculated the Chinese president was preparing to outfox Trump with a long list of "tweetable deliverables" - vague but seemingly significant proposals purporting to increase Chinese investment in the U.S.

And exercising the military option added some extra weight to Trump's recent threat of unilateral action against Pyongyang if Beijing fails to help curb its neighbor's nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang appeared to up the ante just before the meeting began by test-launching a ballistic missile.

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It was a strong declaration to Beijing that the era of USA patience regarding North Korea is over, he continued.

Less than 48 hours after the Trump administration's missile strike on a Syrian airfield, tensions in the region are already escalating.

With President Xi Jinping out of the United States and no longer President Donald Trump's guest, China's state-run media Saturday denounced the missile strike on Syria, which the US president told Xi about while they were finishing dinner Thursday. But the big stunner came on Friday, when Trump's much-anticipated face-off with Chinese president Xi Jinping fizzled, ending in warm declarations of good will and mutual respect-and apparently nothing more.

At the time of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the then North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il disappeared from public view for around six weeks-and was widely believed to have gone into hiding for fear of a USA attack.

But the U.S. doubled down, saying it was investigating whether Russian Federation was involved in the chemical strike as it foreshadowed new economic sanctions against Syria, where fighting has killed more than 400,000 and displaced 11 million people.

After the strikes, Trump addressed the nation and said that it is in the "vital national interest" of the U.S.to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. But the statement fell short of expressing approval. Who is investigating the allegations from the USA intelligence community that the Russians were trying to help Trump and hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton?

China's response was muted. If Trump must work to reconcile or balance the frameworks of thought emanating from his nationalistic alt-right base on the one hand and his more economically driven NY left-leaning base on the other, China presents a unique opportunity to make both sides of his politics cohere and work together.