Beijing: US, China Paying Close Attention to N. Korea's Nuke Issue

The White House confirmed the meeting in a statement, saying that the leaders will "discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual concern". China said Thursday, March 30, 2017, Xi and Trump will meet at the latter's Florida resort on April 6-7.

"We have big problems to address on everything from the South China Sea to trade to North Korea", Spicer added.

As a candidate, Trump spoke forcefully and frequently about labeling China a currency manipulator and slapping a 45 percent tariff on imports. Topics likely on the table range from trade to the South China Sea security dispute and North Korea.

A second executive order would authorize the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Secretary, the Commerce Secretary and the U.S. Trade Representative to create a plan to go after countries that dump artificially cheap goods on markets - a barely veiled reference to China whose state-owned companies have flooded the world with cheap steel and aluminum.

Su Ge, president of the China Institute of International Studies, said China and the USA can expand interests and focus on cooperation, as they are both permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The White House has said that North Korea and the deployment of a THAAD missile defense battery in South Korea will be among the key topics for the upcoming summit.

Another state-run Chinese publication, China Daily, says the Palm Beach meeting "can certainly contribute a clear and constructive sense of direction to this crucial relationship".

"In China-U.S. trade, although we are running surplus in trading goods, we are on the deficit side when it comes to trading services", Zheng said.

Vowing that the "theft of American prosperity will end", Trump said Friday that his administration "will take necessary and lawful action" to end trade abuses.

Lin said, however, that he could not divulge the details of the contact between Taiwan and U.S.to ensure no surprises on either side. "It will be the first meeting between the heads of state of China and the U.S. since the new USA administration took office". Trump has sharply criticized China on all of the issues.

China has been irritated at being told repeatedly by Washington to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, or face USA sanctions on Chinese businesses trading with North Korea, and by the US decision to base an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.

Zheng said the Chinese and United States sides are making final preparations for the presidents' meeting to make it a complete success.

He also endorsed the "One China" policy on Taiwan, which has governed the fragile relations between the US, China and Taiwan for decades, after questioning its legitimacy shortly after his election.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson ended a trip to Asia this month in Beijing, agreeing to work together with China on North Korea and stressing Trump's desire to enhance understanding.

China has been irritated at being told repeatedly by Washington to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, or face USA sanctions on Chinese businesses trading with North Korea, and by the US decision to base an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.

  • Leroy Wright