Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump reportedly plans to host China's president in April


According to officials, U.S. President Donald Trump is planning host Chinese President Xi Jinping at a two-day summit next month at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort. However, a senior administration official told CNN the plans are tentative.

The website has pointed out that Trump's choice of Mar-a-Lago - instead of the "formal and cold" White House - as the location for the summit was "likely to capture the rivals in relaxed, friendly settings".

China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

That assurance was seen as an attempt to patch up relations with Beijing after Trump said he saw no reason the USA had to be "bound by the "One China" policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things", such as trade.

Trump has reportedly spent nearly a quarter of his time as president at his resort in the Sunshine State.

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

The planned meeting comes after a long campaign in which Trump promised the American people he'd be tough on China.

Trump is particularly seeking Chinese cooperation on security matters regarding North Korea.

The then-U.S. president-elect also publicly toyed with the idea that Washington was not bound by the "One China" policy.

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

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