New York Times: After Xi Leaves U.S., Chinese Media Assail Strike on Syria
BEIJING — With President Xi Jinping safely out of the United States and no longer President Trump’s guest, China’s state-run media on Saturday was free to denounce the missile strike on Syria, which the American president told Mr. Xi about while they were finishing dinner.
Xinhua, the state news agency, on Saturday called the strike the act of a weakened politician who needed to flex his muscles. In an analysis, Xinhua also said Mr. Trump had ordered the strike to distance himself from Syria’s backers in Moscow, to overcome accusations that he was “pro-Russia.”
That unflattering assessment reflected China’s official opposition to military interventions in the affairs of other countries. But it was also a criticism of Mr. Trump himself, who Mr. Xi had hoped was a man China could deal with.
Chinese officials had feared that the two leaders’ 24-hour encounter at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida might be marred by a campaign-style anti-China outburst from Mr. Trump. Instead, it was interrupted by the unexpected missile attack.
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WNU Editor: As expected .... no breakthroughs. The next meeting will be in China .... Trump to visit China as Beijing touts 'new era' of ties with US (The Guardian) .... and I predict that it will be there that major announcements on trade and (maybe) North Korea will be made.
The Trump-Xi Summit At Mar-A Lago -- News Roundup
At U.S.-China summit, Trump presses Xi on trade, North Korea; progress cited -- Reuters
Little confrontation or progress in China-U.S. meeting -- CBC/AP
Trump, Xi cite 'common understandings' after summit, but few details -- UPI
Trump Hails ‘Tremendous’ Talks With China’s Xi -- VOA
Trump tweets: 'Time will tell' on trade with China -- Politico
Trump: ‘Only time will tell’ on improving US-China trade -- AP
China's President Xi gets an awkward front-row seat to U.S. military might -- L.A. Times
Xi, Trump set constructive tone for China-U.S. relationship: FM -- Xinhua
Chinese state media cheer Xi-Trump meeting, say confrontation not inevitable -- Reuters
Chinese State Media Cheer Gaffe-Free Xi-Trump Summit -- Newsweek
Trump-Xi Summit Accomplishment: Getting to Know One Another -- Bloomberg
Donald Trump's first meeting with Xi Jinping was all about business -- The Economist
Trump, Xi showdown fails to materialize at Mar-a-Lago -- McClatchy/AP
After Trump-Xi Summit, an Eye Toward the Future -- Andrew Soergel, US News and World Report
Leaders' differing agendas meant little progress made at US-China summit -- Bo Zhiyue, Channel News Asia
Four surprises from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago meeting with Xi -- Yves Tiberghien, Special to The Globe and Mail
Said and unsaid: the hits and misses of Xi-Trump talks in Mar-a-Lago -- South China Morning Post