Trump to host Xi at Florida re­sort next month

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WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump plans to host Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at a two-day sum­mit next month, me­dia re­ports say, as his ad­min­is­tra­tion seeks to smooth re­la­tions with the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy.

The meet­ing was ten­ta­tively sched­uled for April 6 and 7 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago re­sort in Florida, on­line me­dia out­let Ax­ios re­ported on Mon­day, cit­ing of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the plans.

CNN re­ported the planned sum­mit, cit­ing an un­named ad min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial. It said the plan was ten­ta­tive and Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son was ex­pected to fi­nalise plans dur­ing a trip this week to Asia, which in­cludes a stop in China.

Press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer said on Mon­day that the White House was pre­par­ing for a meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers but was not ready to an­nounce a date.

“Plan­ning is on­go­ing for a visit be­tween Pres­i­dent Trump and Pres­i­dent Xi at a date to be de­ter­mined,” Spicer said, say­ing any meet­ing would cover North Korea and other is­sues.

In pre­view­ing Tiller­son’s Asia visit, Act­ing As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State Su­san Thorn­ton said it would “be paving the way for fu­ture high­level meet­ings be­tween our two pres­i­dents.”

China’s For­eign Min­istry did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Thorn­ton said the US was “pur­su­ing a re­sults-ori­ented re­la­tion­ship with China; one that ben­e­fits the Amer­i­can peo­ple and one that re­mains faith­ful to our al­lies and presses China to abide by in­ter­na­tional rules and norms”.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump

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