Trump To Host China's President Xi Jinping At Mar-A-Lago

President Donald Trump has said that the next week's high-profile summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will be a "very difficult" one as the U.S. can no longer afford massive trade deficits and job losses. Trump and his wife Melania will also host a dinner for Xi and China's first lady Peng Liyuan, it said.

Lu said the economic and trade ties between China and the United States are a win-win situation and the countries' interests are highly integrated.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed in Beijing this month to work with China on North Korea and stressed Trump's desire to enhance understanding.

This would be the first in-person meeting between Trump and Xi, amidst the heightened tensions in the region, particularly the increasing North Korean nuclear threat.

The summit follows a string of recent bridge-building US-China meetings after Trump repeatedly criticized China's trade polices during his election campaign. China's concerns about THAAD, the missile defense system on South Korea's border, may also be a discussion topic.

"China will continue to work with the United States to think creatively and keeping pushing for greater balance in China-U.S. trade", Zheng said.

Despite Trump's fiery attacks on the campaign trail - accusing China of "raping" the U.S. economy and stealing millions of American jobs, among other things - his administration has taken a relatively hands-off approach in dealing with Beijing so far.

A Chinese spokesperson notes that before the visit to Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Xi will spend three days in Finland.

It is unclear how President Trump will balance courting China's support on the North Korea issue with confronting President Xi on his country's controversial trade practices and military aggression in the South China Sea.

"As the global situation continues undergoing profound and complicated changes, the meeting will be of great significance to charting China-US relationship in a new era, advancing the development of bilateral ties in a healthy and stable way from a new starting point, and promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the Pacific and the world at large", Zheng said.

Fear of retaliation had once made business lobbies eschew more forceful US trade policies toward China, but such groups have increasingly urged the Trump administration to take targeted action to address market access imbalances.

However, President Trump and President Xi had a phone conversation on February 9.

Xi plans to stay at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan, Florida, according to American media.

  • Leroy Wright