Chinese leader's visit to North Korea also sends a message to Trump

“We have already proven that we can hurt each other,” said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council, addressing reporters Thursday in Beijing. “The question of who can hurt each other more is a bit morbid.” He said the council hoped that Trump and Xi could keep the focus in on structural trade issues, adding he believed a deal was still attainable. But he said it was important to separate broader tensions over national security and technological rivalry from trade talks on US grievances over Chinese subsidies to firms, acquisition or theft of trade secrets and failure to open its economy to foreign firms in key sectors.