Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) is getting a quick view of America’s Last Frontier.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker welcomed Xi during a ceremony on the tarmac at the Anchorage airport. They then set off on a short sightseeing tour of Alaska’s largest city.
China is Alaska’s leading trade partner, buying more than $1 billion in Alaska products in 2016. It’s a two-way street, with Alaska’s imports from China only lagging behind trade with neighboring Canada.
The anticipated showdown between the United States and China over trade and North Korea has ended with little sign of confrontation — or concrete progress in resolving differences.
U.S. officials say President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to increase cooperation on trying to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, and China has acknowledged the need for more balanced trade with the U.S.
The most powerful message for the Chinese leader may have been Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes at Syria, adding weight to Trump’s threat to act unilaterally against North Korea’s weapons program. A much heavier risk would be required to take military action against the nuclear-armed North, which has its artillery and missiles trained on a key U.S. ally, South Korea.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. and China have agreed to increase cooperation on trying to get North Korea’s to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
They toured Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and mingled with students as they made posters about international conflicts, including the Cuban missile crisis, the Korean War and World War II.
A girls’ chorus sang “Astonishing,” from the musical “Little Women.” Peng is a Chinese contemporary folk singer and performing artist.
Choral director Connie Drosakis says she chose the song because of its message about “the power of being a woman” and “making dreams come true.”
President Donald Trump says it’s been “very interesting” to spend time with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation.
Trump says they made “tremendous progress” over dinner Thursday, and he’s predicting that even more progress will be made before Xi departs later Friday.
He says their relationship is “outstanding.”
The U.S. missile strikes on Syria are overshadowing the second day of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).
Trump and his wife, Melania, hosted Xi and his wife for dinner Thursday night at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in south Florida. Not long after dinner the U.S. announced the missile barrage on an air base in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack against civilians.