President Xi Jinping of China will visit President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday, confirming details of the two leaders’ first summit meeting.
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The meeting had been in the planning stages for several weeks as aides worked out the particulars. China had pushed for the more relaxed atmosphere of a meeting at Mr. Trump’s resort, rather than at the White House, American officials said.
The leaders will have a full agenda as they hash out some of the more contentious issues in bilateral relations: Mr. Trump’s claims about China’s unfair trade practices; curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions; and American concerns about Chinese military ambitions in the South China Sea, among other matters.
The meeting, on April 6 and 7, will follow a recent trip to China by the United States secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson. Mr. Tillerson struck a conciliatory tone as he met Mr. Xi in Beijing on March 19, a visit during which details of the Florida meeting were ironed out.
Mr. Xi will visit Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, after stopping in Finland, said Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The two leaders had spoken by phone on Feb. 9. During that conversation, Mr. Trump told Mr. Xi he would honor the so-called One China policy, under which the United States recognizes a single Chinese government in Beijing and has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
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