Trump embraced tough rhetoric against China in the early days of his administration, but has started mixing in favorable remarks about Xi Jinping ever since his meeting with the Chinese president in Mar-a-Lago in April.
The discussions were meant to replace a strategic and economic dialogue held annually under the Obama administration. Those talks rarely produced significant results.
The talks at the State Department with State Councillor Yang Jiechi and People's Liberation Army Chief of Joint Staff Fang Fenghui were part of the new US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a forum aimed at addressing key disputes between the world's two largest economies, as well as security issues where they can work together.
The talks also covered the South China Sea, where Beijing's island-building and construction of possible military facilities have rattled neighbors and caused tension with Washington. -Chinese military cooperation to reduce risk of conflict, as well as efforts to defeat the Islamic State group.
Trump's administration is considering a ban on Americans visiting North Korea.
Kenneth Bae, the USA citizen detained by North Korea for two years, says he believes it is possible the late Otto Warmbier could have been tortured during his captivity in the communist country. Three Americans are still now being held in North Korea.
US lawmakers are calling for retaliation.
Tensions between the USA and North Korea have shown no signs of abating, with Mr Trump condemning the country for frequently flexing its military muscles.
Hundreds of mourners are celebrating the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to OH in a coma.
When he returned to the United States from North Korea last week after being medically evacuated, he was in a coma with severe brain damage. Such talks are a seemingly distant goal since Kim is believed to see his weapons of mass destruction as a guarantee against invasion.
Warmbier's death has heightened tensions aggravated by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since past year.
"He told the churches that he was a missionary working on North Korea and sending stuff from China into the North to help the North Koreans", Ma said. North Korean officials accused him of hostile acts, and after a tearful and apologetic trial, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
U.S. and China both said in Wednesday's talks that their companies shouldn't be allowed to do business with North Korean entities covered under United Nations sanctions.