BEIJING- On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump began his tour in China which was intended to build a global front against North Korea's nuclear threats.
After cautioning North Korea's "cruel dictatorship" in a speech in Seoul against testing the United States, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were greeted by Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan for tea at the former imperial palace.
Earlier, Trump congratulated Xi on his reappointment as China`s Communist Party chief, tweeting: "I very much look forward to meeting with President Xi who is just off his great political victory."
Trump's use of the term "political victory" for the outcome of last month's Communist Party congress was seen by analysts as an attempt to conciliate Xi before tough talks.
"He's laying it on thick to put Xi in a good mood because he will have unpleasant things to tell him," said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, China politics specialist at Hong Kong Baptist University.
"Addressing the imbalance in China trade has been the central focus of collaborative discussions between President Trump and President Xi," US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.Hours earlier in an address to the South Korean parliament, Trump gave a preview of what he will ask Beijing to do regarding North Korea.
"You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept," he said, urging China and Russia to fully implement UN sanctions, downgrade diplomatic relations and sever all trade and technology ties.
"There are still some financial links that exist that should not under those (UN) resolutions... We're going to work closely with the Chinese to identify that activity and end it," the official said.
"At the centre of this military cult is a deranged belief in the leader's destiny to rule as parent protector over a conquered Korean peninsula and an enslaved Korean people."
"We will not permit America or our allies to be blackmailed or attacked," Trump said.