Trump to meet with Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago

Posted March 14, 2017

President Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-A-Lago estate in April, Axios reports.

According to officials familiar with planning Xi's time in the US, the meeting will tentatively be held on April 6-7 and not include any "golf diplomacy", news media company Axios reported Monday. Economic and security issues between the two countries originally were brought up when Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi visited with Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month.

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

During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized China, arguing trade deals took jobs away from American workers.

But according to Allen, Trump will not be golfing with the Chinese president.

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The Mar-A-Lago meeting is likely to provide a relaxed locale for an important meeting between two world leaders.

No golf is planned during Xi's stay, Axios said.

The meeting would also come at a moment of high tension in East Asia as China and South Korea entered into a diplomatic struggle over Seoul's plan to introduce the United States' THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the nation.

Trump has made it a key priority of his administration to get China to exercise more leverage as the main energy and food provider for North Korea to rein in the provocative regime.

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