When the leaders meet Friday, North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the U.S-China trade imbalance as well as other points of tension are expected to be discussed.
The summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off with a lavish dinner at Mar-a-Lago Thursday night, with Trump calling it a "great honor" to host his counterpart.
The couples posed for pictures sitting on sofas in the resort's formal living room. The Chinese delegation left before 9 p.m. Their talks are set to conclude Friday afternoon.
"Throughout your campaign, you promised a get-tough-on- China trade policy and pledged to declare China a currency manipulator on your first day in office". Many blue-collar workers helped propel him to his unexpected election victory on November 8 and Trump wants to deliver for them.
The Republican president, who took office on Jan 20, tweeted last week that the United States could no longer tolerate massive trade deficits and job losses and that his meeting with Xi "will be a very hard one". They're expected to urge China to use its position as North Korea's largest trading partner to stop those launches.
This would be more than what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged during his February Mar-a-Lago meeting with Trump.
According to officials, Trump informed Xi personally about the Syria strike.
"There are a thousand reasons to make the China-US relationship work, and no reason to break it", he said.
Trump arrived to South Florida about an hour later, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and the first daughter's three children.
SIEGEL: This Trump-Xi summit also comes on the heels of the chemical weapons attack in Syria which the president has acknowledged has actually changed his thinking somewhat. How?
"We have developed a friendship", Trump added. Making matters worse, the United States has said it had notified Russian Federation before the bombing, according a statement from the Pentagon, but it is not yet clear when Xi was made aware of the action.
The US official told Reuters that Washington expects to have to prepare its own actions to fight for US companies, such as pursuing World Trade Organization lawsuits.
"I would use trade, absolutely, as a bargaining chip". Within Trump's administration, divisions remain over how to approach China.
North Korea nearly certainly felt the geopolitical impact of President Donald Trump's strike on Syria Thursday.
The president has said that if China doesn't exert more pressure on North Korea, the USA will act alone.
"I think China will be stepping up", he said, asked about North Korea.
"It is a great honour to have the president of China and his incredibly talented wife - a great, great celebrity in China and a great singer ... in the United States", Trump told his guests.
Experts said that the timing of Trump's strike could affect their negotiations over how to handle North Korea's nuclear threat.
A White House strategy review is focusing on options for pressuring Pyongyang economically and militarily. His administration is considering sanctions against Chinese banks and companies that give Pyongyang access to worldwide financing.
NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now to talk about it. It has already tested nuclear weapons and South Korea's capital, Seoul, is in range of North Korean artillery.