U.S. President Donald Trump’s stunning order for a missile strike on a Syrian military airfield Friday may change the calculus on how China views his threats of unilateral action against nuclear-armed North Korea, experts say.

The U.S. launched a barrage of 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian military airfield in response to the chemical weapons attack Tuesday by Damascus in Khan Sheikhoun, the Pentagon said.

The strike came amid Trump's much-anticipated first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the U.S. leader's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.