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China's President Xi Jinping will meet Donald Trump next week at the US leader's Florida golf resort, the first face-to-face meeting between the heads of the world's two most powerful nations.

Observers believe the economy and North Korea will be at the top of the agenda when the two leaders meet next week.

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.

"We are willing to make joint efforts with the USA as to maintain a stable military-to-military relationship while striving to make new gains", spokesman Col. Wu Qian said.

As the White House put it in a statement announcing the visit, "The two leaders will discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual concern".

Zheng said Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan will attend a welcome banquet hosted by Trump and his wife Melania.

Trump said the highly anticipated meeting, which is also expected to cover differences over North Korea and China's strategic ambitions in the South China Sea, "will be a very hard one".

In January, the United States ran a $31.4 billion deficit with China, after a $347 billion deficit in 2016, according to USA census data.

On the campaign trail, Trump memorably accused China of "raping" the US with its high volume of exports to the country, while the USA exported little to China in return.

Meanwhile, US Commerce Secretary William Ross has alleged that China is one of the most protectionist country in the world. -China relationship, the White House said Thursday.

Despite Trump's fiery attacks on the campaign trail - accusing China of "raping" the United States 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.

"It's better to meet earlier than late from a strategic perspective - especially an earlier meeting can help shape his China policy", Ni said.

China does not deliberately seek a trade surplus. China's concerns about THAAD, the missile defense system on South Korea's border, may also be a discussion topic.

All eyes will turn to Florida next week, to see whether Trump and Xi play hard ball or play nice.

Just weeks ago the summit seemed a distant possibility after Trump infuriated Beijing with suggestions he might break from the USA s long-standing One China Policy, which nominally acknowledges the Asian giant s claims over Taiwan without recognizing them.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, during his recent China visit, met President Xi and both agreed there are opportunities for greater cooperation between the two sides while acknowledging that there are, and will be in the future, differences between the two countries.

Aside from rattling China, Trump's heated rhetoric will worry allies in the region and beyond, as any economic or military confrontation would have far-reach and damaging results.

  • Larry Hoffman