Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Chinese president to meet with Trump

Two sources confirmed to The Straits Times a report on U.S. news website Axios, saying the summit has been scheduled for April 6 to 7. According to CNN, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Beijing this week, in part, to finalize plans for the Mar-a-Lago meeting.

China's president may head to Palm Beach, FL, to meet with President Donald Trump next month.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2017.

Axios, which first broke the news, cited officials familiar with the planning as saying that the summit will be a "working session" with no golfing planned.

Trump has previously hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago and has also spent numerous weekends there, taking a break from his time in Washington DC.

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The main topics of discussions are expected to include North Korea.

Spicer's announcement came hours after reports emerged that Trump would also host the Chinese president at the exclusive resort during his visit next month. Trump has long said that North Korea is China's problem to fix.

Trump entered office highlighting grievances with the Chinese regime including concerns over the USA trade deficit with China, charges that China is manipulating its currency and opposition to China's territorial claims in maritime areas.

Trump has also written to Xi since he took office on January 20, seeking "constructive ties".

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