Children wave national flags before the arrival of China's President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. "President Moon recently talked about how the USA and South Korea were an "alliance, ' while South Korea and China were in a 'relationship of cooperation, ' but said that Japan and South Korea 'cannot form an alliance relationship, '" Gao noted". China has maintained it is doing all it can and insists it is fully enforcing United Nations sanctions.
"I want to just say that President Xi ... has been very helpful".
"I have great respect for that because you're representing China", Trump said. "There's no doubt about it".
Meanwhile, Beijing has made some concessions to Trump on trade - for example, increasing imports from the U.S. But Tsinghua University professor Chu Shulong argues that these were things China wanted anyway.
China has called for negotiations to resolve the matter peacefully.
Trump, who is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an APEC summit in Vietnam this weekend, also appealed for help from Moscow, which also has economic ties with North Korea.
Xi insisted the two countries want to see "enduring stability" in the Korea Peninsula and added that China intends to "fully implement UN Security Council resolutions".
China expert Cheng Li of the Brookings Institution said Xi and Trump may share little in style, but they do have common values. "After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for benefit of their citizens?"
Instead of pointing the finger at Beijing for exacerbating trade disputes, Trump blamed past USA administrations "for allowing this trade deficit to take place and to grow".
But American reporters covering USA presidential visits to Beijing have had mixed success in questioning leaders here.
Meanwhile, Xi cemented his status as the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation at a Communist Party congress last month, when his name was inscribed into the constitution.
As it happens, the president has kept up his tweeting in China, thanking his hosts for their hospitality, firing a warning at North Korea, and even changing his Twitter header image to one of him, Chinese president Xi Jinping, and the two first ladies, surrounded by dozens of Chinese performers. The Chinese leader emphasized that while the two economic and military giants would occasionally have differences, there were opportunities to be "mutually reinforcing". The Trump administration has stopped criticizing Beijing for a failure to put pressure on Pyongyang over its controversial drive to obtain nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, and has instead been praising China's contribution.
Trump and Xi hit it off at their first meeting in April at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and continued their "bromance" on Wednesday with an afternoon of sightseeing together with their wives, followed by dinner.
"THANK YOU for the handsome welcome China! @FLOTUS Melania and I will never forget it!" he Trump.
On his friendship with Xi, he said "my feeling toward you is an incredibly warm one".
Annually, the U.S. runs a steep trade deficit in goods with China of about $350 billion.
"We have 3,000 years with a written language", Xi said through a translator as they moseyed through the Forbidden City's vast cobblestoned courtyards.
"We're having a great time", Trump told reporters.
Trump used some of his toughest language yet against North Korea in a wide-ranging address in Seoul on Wednesday that lodged specific accusations of chilling human rights abuses, although he offered no evidence to support the accusations. He hopes to press the rising Asian power on trade and North Korea.
But he warned Pyongyang in a speech to "not underestimate us". According to Agence France-Presse, Chinese internet users can be sentenced to three years in prison for writing defamatory messages that are reposted 500 times.