"But I don't blame China, after all, who can blame a country for taking advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?"
Others made light of the fact that apparently no one can avoid the arduous task of memorising ancient Chinese poetry - not even the US president's granddaughter.
North Korea remained a focus of the talks.
Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed a "new starting point" for the U.S. -China relationship while President Trump declared that "we have a capacity to solve world problems for many, many years to come" on Thursday, as the two men held their first official business meeting after a raft of ceremonies. In the newly recorded video shared by Trump, she greets Xi and his wife, Peng Linyuan, as "Grandpa Xi and Grandma Peng".
Xi said the girl deserved an "A+", Xinhua reported.
China's Vice-Premier Wang Yang, in charge of economic affairs, and Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, oversaw the ceremony. He and Xi huddled for hours inside the Great Hall, situated on the western edge of Tiananmen Square. "S. Relations", he said, according to the statement.
Time magazine established the significance of Trump's China visit in just one simple headline: "President Trump meets world's most powerful man in Beijing". "It'd be better if Taiwan was not mentioned at all", said Szu-chien Hsu, the chairman of the government-funded Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, ahead of Trump's arrival in Beijing. "There is no doubt about it", he said.
"If you work on it hard, it [the denuclearisation] will happen".
"We would prefer diplomacy, we avoid war, that's how you avoid death and how this is ultimately resolved".
The call seemed to signal a change.
"The flattery will not have significant substantive effect", said Sam Crane a Chinese history expert at Williams College.
However, observers have also picked up on the contrast in tone between Mr Trump's tweets in Beijing, and some of his previous posts.
Xi said the Chinese economy would become increasingly open and transparent to foreign firms, including those from the United States, and welcomed U.S. companies to participate in his ambitious "Belt and Road" infrastructure-led initiative.
Now in Taiwan, many are worried about Trump's plans. The total surplus with the United States for the first 10 months of the year was $223 billion. "He is known for his transactional style of policymaking".
The Trump administration is pressing China to cut off oil shipments, close down North Korean bank accounts, and send home tens of thousands of North Koreans who work in China.
Other factors add further uncertainty to the relationship. Beijing rejects these criticisms, and opposes the kind of inflammatory rhetoric that President Trump is famous for. "This would be a fatal miscalculation". The tech giant is still seeking to establish a Shanghai office, in spite of the ban.
"The reality here is very different".
"You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept", he said, calling on "every nation, including China and Russia", to fully implement recent U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea.