Trump meeting with Chinese President Xi expected next month, official says

Chinese President Xi Jinping tentatively is set to meet with President Trump in early April, a senior White House official confirmed Monday to Fox News.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is a possible site for the summit, which will be closely watched considering Trump’s tough talk on China dating back to the campaign.

Trump also hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the luxurious Florida property last month. The meeting with Xi tentatively is set for April 6-7.

The Palm Beach meeting would mark the first in-person meeting between the two presidents. In a recent letter to the Chinese president in January, Trump expressed interest in fostering “constructive ties” with China.

Axios first reported on the Xi Jinping visit. The pair would have a wide range of issues to discuss, including the North Korean threat, trade and disputed territory in the South China Sea. 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.

Trump is particularly seeking Chinese cooperation on security matters regarding North Korea.

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report.

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