It added the relationship between Trump and Xi was "extremely close" and "will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem". The U.S. has not accepted the North as a nuclear power but it might have to accept that reality in light of Kim's rapid technological advances and stockpile of nuclear armaments. So far during its rise, Beijing has been graded solely on its economy. One or more of the launches could fail.
Graham's comments were similarly nationalistic, arguing that it was better to have thousands "die over there" than have Americans face the remote risk of a North Korean strike. There's no information coming out of there except for the leader's statements.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Trump twinned the issues of China's help with North Korea and the U.S. -China trade imbalance.
Provocative testing or training also is a way of gauging where Washington's red lines are. "Are we just like cannon fodder, are we just extras, are we just not part of the equation?"
In a report to lawmakers released in July, the USTR accused China of engaging in "widespread infringing activity, including trade secret theft, rampant online piracy and counterfeiting, and high levels of physical pirated and counterfeit exports to markets around the globe". "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of U.S. forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. In 2011, he claimed that he had investigators who "cannot believe what they're finding" about Barack Obama's birth certificate, and that he would at some point "be revealing some interesting things". The US President is Commander in Chief of the American armed forces and is able to launch nuclear weapons without consulting anyone at all.
The Dalai Lama's statement says he thanked Botswana's president and government "for their unwavering principled stand to welcome him to their country, despite overwhelming pressure not to do so". It's a strange kind of respect it has earned, to be sure. That prompted Margaret Metcalfe, director of Calvo's Washington office, to say, "None of this is good publicity". "He just doesn't listen to anybody, and Kim Jong-Un is unpredictable, so you're faced with those serious obstacles".
What he has a right to be pleased about, however, is the tough sanctions resolution steered through the UN Security Council last weekend - with crucial backing from both China and Russia - by his envoy there, Nikki Haley. Yet, this is the sort of attention it has craved since the end of the Korean War.
Trump, who is scheduled to visit China later this year, threatened Tuesday to respond to further threats from North Korea by unleashing "fire and fury like the world has never seen".
Meanwhile, Japan finished installing surface-to-air missile interceptors in the western prefectures that North Korea said would be in the flight path of any missiles launched toward Guam, where North Korea is threatening an "enveloping strike". You can find them on Google maps: In the flatlands, little driveways lead to circles on the ground.
Yesterday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing hopes the relevant parties would speak and act cautiously, and do more to ease tension and enhance trust. He asked not to be named.
A formal peace treaty would provide a huge economic and political boost for Kim, but he would have to mothball his nuclear ambitions - and so far, he has shown no sign of wanting to do that.
"We are with you 1,000 per cent, you are safe", Mr Trump said.