Xi superpower summit at Mar-a-Lago official
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 3:40
"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 entered office highlighting grievances with Beijing, including the USA trade deficit with China, charges of currency manipulation and concern over the country's military expansion to back its territorial claims in disputed maritime areas. It said Trump and his wife Melania will host Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan at a dinner next Thursday.
The U.S. -China summit at Mar-a-Lago is official.
In the letter asking for the review, the lawmakers raised concerns about Trump's hosting of Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, when they alleged, "the President his staff. discussed national security matters on "full view to diners" and reviewed potentially sensitive national security material in apparent violation of security protocols".
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, CNN commented.
The summit will be the first between Trump and his Chinese counterpart.
China-US trade in goods amounted to United States dollars 519.6 billion in 2016.
Xi would be the second world leader since Trump took office to visit Mar-a-Lago.
"The two sides will have deep exchanges of issues of mutual concern [during the summit] to deepen our understanding", Zheng said. Among other things, he has accused China of unfair trade practices and threatened to declare it a currency manipulator. Trade is all but certain to be a big theme of the discussions - but other matters, such as North Korea, are likely on the agenda.
Quoting Chinese analysts, the newspaper said the 35-year-old businesswoman, who confirmed last Wednesday that she would be an unpaid adviser in her father's administration, played an important role in helping to counter her father's combative approach towards Beijing.
But at a briefing in Beijing Friday, China's vice minister of foreign affairs Zheng Zeguang sidestepped questions about Trump's remarks, repeatedly emphasising that "both China and the United States attach great importance to the upcoming presidential meeting".
"It's better to meet earlier than late from a strategic perspective - especially an earlier meeting can help shape his China policy", Ni said. But China, with its 1.37 billion people, is also among the top three export markets for 33 states. "We need to work with China".
Mr. Zheng also pointed out that Chinese investments in the USA were also rising, yielding more American jobs.
Relations have been strained by China s fierce opposition to a USA missile defense system being rolled out in South Korea to protect against attacks from the North.