US President Donald Trump has lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping, a marked contrast to his previous criticism of China on the flashpoint issues of North Korea and trade, according to a BBC report.
He, however, also urged Mr Xi to “work very hard” on persuading North Korea to de-nuclearise.
On China’s trade surplus, Mr Trump surprised many when he said he did “not blame China” for “taking advantage”.
The US president was speaking in Beijing while on a state visit.
He is in the Chinese capital as part of his five-nation tour of Asia. The two leaders held talks earlier on Thursday after a grand welcome for Mr Trump.
They also announced the signing of $250bn (£190bn) worth of business deals during Mr Trump’s visit, although it is unclear how much of that figure is past deals being re-announced or simply the potential for future deals.
Mr Trump, together with Mr Xi, gave speeches twice on Thursday. These are the most striking highlights: