Trump and Xi agreed to increase cooperation and work with the worldwide community to convince North Korea to peacefully resolve the issue and dismantle its illegal nuclear and missile programmes, he said, adding that the two sides had a candid discussion on regional and maritime security.

Although China's state media went strong on photos and coverage of the Xi-Trump summit, it gave little space to news of the strikes against Syria, with few editorials or commentaries.

Expert satellite imagery analysis suggests the North could well be preparing for a sixth, with USA intelligence officials warning that Pyongyang could be less than two years away from developing the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised China for exporting more to the United States than it buys.

Mr Trump outraged China in December when he took the unorthodox step of accepting a phone call from the Taiwanese president.

"The relationship developed by President Xi and myself, I think, is outstanding, " Trump said Friday during a meeting between the two countries' delegations.

Both Xi and Trump brought their top officials to the meeting. There are "a thousand reasons to make the China-US relationship work, and no reason to break it", he told Trump, Xinhua reported.

Beijing's most powerful leader in decades also invited the neophyte USA president on a coveted state visit to China later in the year.

"(Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken", Tillerson said on CBS's Face the Nation. Tillerson also said he was "hopeful that China will find ways to exercise influence over North Korea's actions".

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Some also raise the possibility that the United States may consider a "decapitation" strategy, a targeted attack to remove the enemy's leadership. "I'm not advocating pre-emptive war, nor do I think that the deployment of nuclear weapons buys more for us than it costs", but he stressed that the USA was dealing with a "war today" situation. But Trump's inaugural visit with Xi had a little more drama.

Kim Yong-Hyun, a professor at Dongguk University, said the strike against Syria was a statement of intent that was meant for a wide readership.

Some within US industry had suggested those earlier talks yielded little substance, and urged the Trump administration to scrap them until Beijing displayed more initiative to address complaints about its industrial policies.

Despite the purposefully positive spin from both sides, there was no denying that the meeting had been overshadowed by USA missile strikes on Syria, which Trump announced just after his dinner with Xi on Thursday evening.

The two leaders were joined Thursday evening by US First Lady Melania Trump, a former model, and Peng Liyuan - a celebrated folk singer Trump hailed as a "great, great celebrity".

"We had a long discussion already".

He said this while speaking to reporters in Tokyo today after having a telephonic conversation with President Donald Trump.

A look at what China, Indonesia, Australia, and other Asian states had to say about the strike.

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