Date
23 July 2017
Donald Trump (right inset) will host his Chinese counterpart at his private club in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. Photo: Reuters, Bloomberg
Donald Trump (right inset) will host his Chinese counterpart at his private club in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. Photo: Reuters, Bloomberg

Trump, Xi set to meet for first time in Florida in April: WSJ

US President Donald Trump is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in April, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing officials from both nations.

Two Chinese officials said the leaders are expected to meet for the first time next month at Trump’s private club in Florida, Mar-a-Lago.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer wouldn’t confirm a date or location but said “planning is ongoing” for a visit between the two leaders, according to the newspaper.

High on the agenda is how to defuse tensions over North Korea and the deployment by the United States of a missile-defense system in South Korea, the report said.

Trump also hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in February.

Washington and Beijing have been moving to smooth relations since Trump reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the “One China” policy in a phone call last month. 

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with senior Chinese officials in Beijing later this week, to pave the way for the meeting between the US and Chinese leaders, the Journal said.

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