Xi and Trump tipped to play down Taiwan at Florida summit

"It will be the first meeting between the heads of state of China and the United States since the new USA administration took office", Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang told a press briefing.

"The meeting next week with China will be a very hard one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses", Trump tweeted.

The visit will come in the first 100 days of the new Trump administration, which still has to flesh out its policy on trade and other key issues.

Xi would be the second world leader since Trump took office to visit Mar-a-Lago.

"They will discuss the issues of mutual concern, including North Korea, trade, and regional security", he said. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at a dinner on April 6.

He also said that Beijing had proposed the suspension of the North's nuclear and missile provocations and of the annual combined military exercises conducted by South Korea and the U.S.

China-US trade in goods amounted to $519.6 billion in 2016.

China had then said that its efforts and contributions for the same are internationally acknowledged, adding all sides should avoid actions that may result in escalation of tensions.

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

Diplomatic sources in Beijing told AFP that the meetings will primarily focus on giving the two leaders an opportunity to get to know each other, likely reserving tough issues for future talks.

While China has made some bilateral commitments in response to particular concerns raised by the United States, it continues to move forward with its cyber security regime and problems continue to arise, the report said.

The department said it was launching a new review of China's status as a non-market economy, which allows the United States to maintain high anti-dumping duties on cheap Chinese imports, but the designation is widely expected to remain in place.

Xi will pay a state visit to Finland from April 4-6, and will travel to Florida, the United States, to meet with Trump on April 6-7, according to the announcement made on Thursday by the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Lu Kang. Chinese officials believe a meeting at Mar-a-Lago will be more "relaxed and informal", the Times reported earlier this month, and the casual environment would mean less pressure to emerge from the meeting with any concrete agreements.

Chinese companies went on a multi-billion-dollar shopping spree previous year, snapping up U.S. companies from insurance giant Genworth Financial to Hollywood studio Legendary.

But during a Thursday briefing with reporters, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, head of the National Trade Council, resisted attempts to characterize the impending orders as "putting China on notice".

  • Zachary Reyes