Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week

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Trump and Xi will discuss "global, regional and bilateral issues of mutual concern", the White House said in a statement, without elaboration. China said Thursday, March 30, 2017, Xi and Trump will meet at the latter's Florida resort on April 6-7.

But Trump has said that China "has done little to help" in countering the belligerence of North Korea, a country he said in a tweet was "behaving very badly" and had been "playing the United States for years".

Before arriving in the US, Xi will visit Finland at the invitation of President Sauli Niinisto from April 4 to 6, Xinhua news agency quoted Lu as saying.

He expressed China's intention to make joint efforts with the United States to boost commercial cooperation, deal with commercial frictions appropriately through dialogue and to maintain a healthy and steady growth in relations.

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Considering the trade imbalances between both countries, Lu said 40 percent of China's trade surplus with the United States came from USA companies in China.

"China-US share trade and economic linkages which are highly complementary", Lu said.

According to statistics from the U.S.

Since assuming office in January, the Trump administration has sent conflicting signals on China, while Beijing has launched an extensive diplomatic outreach in America.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also brought about a cooling in the relationship between the two nations when he suggested that the U.S. should block access to artificial islands that China is building in disputed waters amid a build-up in military presence in the South China Sea. "There's a lot of big things that we need to accomplish with China, and I think that we will - we will work on them".

China's President Xi Jinping will join President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate next Thursday and Friday for a summit that both countries are expecting to be tense and somewhat unproductive.

Beijing is also deeply suspicious of US intentions towards self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own, after Trump broke with decades of USA policy by taking a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and saying that Washington did not have to stick to a "one China" policy.

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