Trumps’ China trip plans tak­ing shape

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO HUANXIN in Wash­ing­ton huanx­inzhao@chi­nadai­lyusa. com

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Thurs­day that he would visit China in Novem­ber, and first lady Me­la­nia Trump is ex­pected to ac­com­pany him, ac­cord­ing to White House and State Depart­ment sources.

Speak­ing aboard Air Force One on Thurs­day, Trump said he will visit China, Ja­pan and South Korea in Novem­ber. “It will be a busy 10 days,” he said, re­fer­ring to his first Asia trip, which may also in­clude Viet­nam, ac­cord­ing to a press gag­gle from the White House.

It would be the first state visit to China made by Pres­i­dent Trump since he took of­fice in Jan­uary. He will be the sec­ond US pres­i­dent ever to pay a state visit to China within the first year of his pres­i­dency, fol­low­ing the 2009 Novem­ber China visit by then pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what would be on Pres­i­dent Trump’s agenda. On Tues­day, US State Sec­re­tary Rex Tiller­son said Trump is look­ing for­ward to his visit to China, dur­ing which he will map out the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of China-US re­la­tions with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

Both Tiller­son and Chi­nese State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi have said that the two coun­tries will work to­gether to make Trump’s visit a suc­cess.

An­a­lysts in Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing have said trade and se­cu­rity is­sues, in­clud­ing the

I know the pres­i­dent and the first lady look for­ward to their trip to China.” Heather Nauert, US State Depart­ment spokesper­son

Korean Penin­sula sit­u­a­tion, will be high­lighted dur­ing the trip.

The visit will come just weeks after the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, a once-in­five-year meet­ing sched­uled for Oct 18 that will steer the de­vel­op­ment of the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy in the com­ing years.

US State Depart­ment spokesper­son Heather Nauert told a news brief­ing on Wed­nes­day that “the pres­i­dent plans to travel to China this fall”.

“I know the pres­i­dent and the first lady look for­ward to their trip to China,” she added.

Nauert said that pre­par­ing for the pres­i­dent’s China visit was one of the sub­jects of a meet­ing be­tween Tiller­son and Yang Jiechi on Tues­day in Wash­ing­ton.

“The pres­i­dent has a strong and close re­la­tion­ship with the Chi­nese pres­i­dent. The first ladies have a ter­rific re­la­tion­ship,” the spokesper­son said. “That is one of the sub­jects that came up yes­ter­day when the state coun­cilor was meet­ing with Sec­re­tary Tiller­son.”

The US is look­ing for­ward to car­ry­ing out the first rounds of all four high-level di­a­logues on a se­ries of is­sues with China as soon as pos­si­ble, Nauert said.

After the in­au­gu­ral high­level di­a­logue on diplo­macy and se­cu­rity, which took place in Wash­ing­ton in June, and the high-level di­a­logue on the econ­omy in July, Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton have yet to hold their high-level di­a­logues on so­cial and cul­tural is­sues and the di­a­logue on law en­force­ment and cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

“I be­lieve we’ve had two of those four meet­ings, and we look for­ward to car­ry­ing out the rest just as soon as pos­si­ble,” Nauert said.

The four di­a­logues are part of the four-pronged high-level di­a­logue mech­a­nisms set up by Xi and Trump dur­ing their meet­ing at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in April.

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