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Xi arrives in US for first meeting with Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan landed in the early afternoon of Thursday at Palm Beach International Airport for the first meeting with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in a bid to chart the course of bilateral ties in a new era.


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his wife welcomed Xi and Peng at the airport.


Xi and Peng stepped out of the hatch and waved before they walked down the ramp hand in hand. Photo: Xu Yifan/Sino-US.com



Xi and Peng stepped out of the hatch and walked down the ramp hand in hand. Photo: Xu Yifan/Sino-US.com

 

President Xi Jinping (right) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Photo: Xu Yifan/Sino-US.com

First Lady Peng Liyuan (right), President Xi Jinping, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his wife Photo: Xu Yifan/Sino-US.com


After a brief talk with Tillerson, Xi headed to the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa Photo: Xu Yifan/Sino-US.com

During his two-day stay in the Sunshine State of Florida, Xi is scheduled to hold talks with Trump in the Mar-a-Lago resort, which Trump calls "the Southern White House," to exchange views on bilateral ties and major regional and global issues of common concern.

During a trip from Washington to West Palm Beach on Air Force One, Trump told a group of reporters that North Korea issue and trade would be major topics for the meeting with Xi.

He said China should be “stepping up” on North Korea issue, and US had made “terrible deals with China for many years.”

“That’s one of the things we are going to be talking about,” he said.


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