The timing of the airstrikes may make for a day of uncomfortable meetings between the president and his Chinese counterpart.
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will meet for the first time on Thursday to discuss trade tensions, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and more.
In a tweet, Trump said the highly anticipated first meeting between the leaders of the world's two largest economies, "will be a very difficult one."
The U.S. president enjoys playing golf with world leaders, but Xi is unlikely to play when the pair meet in April.
"It’s not easy to be an activist facing the largest authoritarian regime in the world," says Demosisto campaigner Derek Lam.
Beijing is projecting dwindling growth for some time.
"Trade protectionism and self-isolation will benefit no one," Xi told an invited audience at the United Nations in Geneva.
China’s previous president Hu Jintao did not boast the historic title.
Barack Obama said the two countries would work together to "discourage" North Korea's nuclear program.
Xi is leaving a trail of paralysis and inculcating a culture of fear. Business deals are hampered, reform efforts stall.
The words “resignation” and “speech” are very similar in the Chinese phonetics system.
The Chinese president is co-chairing a regional summit in Johannesburg on relations with Africa
China has slowing growth, ghost cities, a stock-market crash, corruption and faulty official stats.
Both presidents have an eye on Taiwan’s elections as they prepare to meet in Singapore on Saturday.