Trump's Mar-a-Lago Meeting With China's Xi Jinping Raises Ethics Concerns


The U.S and China made tremendous progress in bilateral ties during meetings with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, President Donald Trump said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged cooperation with the United States on trade and investment on Thursday, inviting President Donald Trump to visit China in a cordial start to their first meeting likely to broach sensitive security and commercial issues.

Trump accepted Xi's invitation to China later this year, state news agency Xinhua news agency cited officials as saying on Friday.

Speaking shortly before his arrival at the Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump said he would discuss North Korea with Xi and he believed "China will want to be stepping up" its pressure on Pyongyang.

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"We want America to know that China is very bad country, aggressive in the world".

The US needs to cooperate by not closing the US market from global trade, and Trump's aim to rebuild US infrastructure is an area where China could help, Orlins said.

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Speaking to reporters while traveling to Florida, Trump suggested there was a link between "terrible" trade agreements the USA has made with China and Pyongyang's provocations.

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Trump was later updated about the operation by Defense Secretary James Mattis after dinner, according to a U.S. official, a CNN report said.

Huang Jing, of the National University of Singapore, said Trump's latest remarks en route to his meeting with Xi removed doubts about United States unilateral action over the North.

"This is probably not a welcome development for Xi and the Chinese in terms of optics", said Paul Haenle, a veteran USA diplomat who advised George W Bush and Barack Obama on China policy.

The White House has downplayed expectations for a breakthrough on issues like trade and tariffs, insisting that the 24-hour summit is mostly an introductory meeting for the two leaders.

Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming said the U.S. was unable to start a conflict with the North considering its involvement in the Middle East and limited capabilities.

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A long-standing option of pre-emptive strikes remains on the table, but despite the tougher recent US talk, the internal review "de-emphasizes direct military action", the USA official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Past presidents have hosted key leaders at government-owned properties like Camp David, but Mr. Trump is giving a personal touch for Xi. It has already tested nuclear weapons and South Korea's capital, Seoul, is in range of North Korean artillery.

"The Trump administration is deeply distrustful of China", said Ashley Townshend, a University of Sydney academic who wrote a recent report on the billionaire's plans for Asia.

A USA administration official told Reuters that Washington expects to have to use legal tools to fight for US companies, such as pursuing World Trade Organization lawsuits.

A week ahead of the meeting, Trump tweeted that the subject of trade with China would make for a "very difficult" meeting because of the "massive trade deficits".

Trump has often complained Beijing undervalues its currency to boost trade, but his administration looks unlikely to formally label China a currency manipulator in the near term - a designation that could come with penalties.

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