Trump to visit China; Xi approves 100-day trade talks plan

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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a U.S.-China business roundtable, comprised of U.S. and Chinese CEOs, in Seattle, Washington September 23, 2015. Reuters/Elaine Thompson/Pool

US President Donald Trump is reportedly visiting China after he accepted the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. During their first meeting, both leaders have approved a 100-day plan for trade talks that may lessen the US’ trade deficit with China.

No date has been set yet, but the POTUS is set to visit China before the year ends. The news from official Xinhua news agency came after Trump welcomed his Chinese counterpart in his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The first meeting between the two leaders urged talks about investment, infrastructure and energy.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross revealed on Friday that the US presented a 100-day action plan on trade with China. The plan reportedly includes “way-stations of accomplishment.” Further details of the new plans are not immediately available.

Trump and Xi discussed issues concerning North Korea as well according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. They agreed that the issue of its arms buildup is now at a very serious stage. The US and China share a commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula and will cooperate more to obtain that goal.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned that the two leaders had also discussed human rights issues. Trump, in his talks with Xi, “also noted the importance of protecting human rights and other values deeply held by Americans,” he said in a statement, reported.

On Friday, Trump told the press that he felt there was “tremendous progress” in his discussions with Xi.  He believes that as a result of a better relationship between the US and China, “lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away.”

“The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding. We look forward to being together many times in the future,” the POTUS assured.

As for the leader of China, he said he was greeted warmly by the Trump administration. He agreed with Trump’s statement, saying they came to “many understandings” after holding “in-depth and lengthy communications.

"According to reports by Chinese media, Xi told Trump that there are “a thousand reasons to make the China-US relationship work, and no reason to break it.” In addition, he called for an increased cooperation between Beijing and Washington in addressing global issues, including crimes and weapons non-proliferation.  Xi’s wife, folk singer Peng Liyuan, and US first lady Melania Trump were also in attendance during their husbands’ first meeting at the Mar-a-Lago retreat.

Video Source: YouTube/The White House 

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