Beijing — President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping shook hands on the sidelines of the leaders summit in Beijing on Monday, but a White House spokeswoman said the pair had a different view on North Korea.
Trump said in a tweet Sunday that he and Xi agreed on the need to strengthen “peace and stability in the region” and “re-engagement with the United States and our allies,” while Xi reiterated the importance of China being a “good partner for the United Nations and the international community.”
In the interview, Trump said he did not think the two leaders had ever met face-to-face.
He said Xi had told him he was looking forward to meeting him again.
“I thought it was a very, very good meeting,” Trump said, referring to Xi’s address to the U.N. General Assembly in September.
“I was looking for a good meeting.
It was a great meeting.”
The two leaders also said they hoped to hold a summit in the coming months to address “the challenge of North Korea.”
China, North Korea’s sole major ally, has long accused the United Kingdom and the United France of sponsoring and supporting North Korea and of conducting nuclear tests in defiance of U.S. sanctions.
Trump said the two countries had “some very good things to say about each other” but also said “we do not have anything close to a full-blown meeting.”