Xi, Trump to meet at Florida resort on April 6

It said Trump and his wife, Melania, would host Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at a dinner next Thursday.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted that the upcoming meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, "will be a very hard one", Efe news reported. Trump added, "American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives". We have big problems, everything from the South China Sea to trade, to North Korea.

The U.S.is preparing a review of China's bid for market-economy status under the World Trade Organization, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"There's an inherent clash between those two, even though China uses a tremendous amount of free trade rhetoric".

Beijing is also deeply suspicious of US intentions towards self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own, after Trump broke with decades of USA policy by taking a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and saying that Washington did not have to stick to a "one China" policy.

Just weeks ago the summit seemed a distant possibility after Trump infuriated Beijing with suggestions he might break from the "One China" policy.

The first meeting between the two leaders will stretch from April 6-7.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, in a tweet.

Zheng also played down Trump's concerns over US' massive trade deficit with China.

But in a conciliatory phone call in mid-February, Trump walked back controversial comments on Taiwan, creating an opening for Washington and Beijing to discuss a meeting.

Despite a string of U.S.

On March 18, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid a two-day visit to China at the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Despite Trump's fiery attacks on the campaign trail- accusing China of "raping" the USA 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, CNN commented.

Nicholas Hope, a senior scholar specializing in China and East Asia at the Stanford Center for International Development, said meeting at Mar-a-Lago is a positive sign.

The yuan fell 6.6 percent a year ago in its biggest annual loss against the dollar since 1994, knocked by pressure from sluggish economic growth and a broadly strong USA currency.

During his campaign for president, Trump complained frequently about China's trade practices, threatening to impose tough import tariffs on Chinese goods and promising to label the country a currency manipulator. China has large share in the bilateral trade with its exports to the United States amounting to over $400 billion.

Asked about the upcoming talks between the two leaders, Ross said, "The United States is about the least protectionist of the major countries and China is one of the most protectionist".

The report also brought up longstanding complaints about online piracy of movies, books, music, video games and software in China as well as a ban on USA beef that has been in place since 2003.

  • Carolyn Briggs