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Things to know about Xi visit to the US

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

Arrival
 
After a visit to Finland, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrived at the Palm Beach International Airport in Florida in early afternoon of April 6, for their first meeting with US President Donald Trump who assumed the White House in January 2017.
 
Xi and Peng were welcomed by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his wife at the airport, under the gaze of an enthusiastic welcoming crowd.
 
Xi and Peng’s arrival was also warmly welcomed by thousands of Chinese Americans from Florida and other parts of America, who were seen on the two sides of the road which Xi’s delegation passed by when heading to Palm Beach resort where Xi stayed during the meeting.
 
Banquet

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attend a welcome banquet hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the United States, April 6, 2017. Photo: Xinhua

At around 5 pm on April 6, Xi, Peng and the delegation attended a welcome banquet hosted by Trump and First Lady Melania at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, the first face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the two countries after several talks on the phone.
 
Also present at the banquet were China’s high-level officials including former foreign minister Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang, Tillerson and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as well as several officials from the White House.
 
Before the banquet got started, Trump told the media at the scene that he and his counterpart “had a long discussion already”, adding half-jokingly that so far, he has “gotten nothing. Absolutely nothing.” Trump also said he and Xi have “developed a friendship,” and he thought they “are going to have a very, very great relationship”.
 
After the banquet, Ivanka’s daughter Arabella sang a traditional Chinese song “Jasmine Flower” and recited a Chinese poetry for Xi and Peng.
 
Meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd R) and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump (3rd L) hold the second round of talks in the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the United States, April 7, 2017. Photo: Xinhua

In the morning of April 7, a meeting which lasted over three hours was held between the two sides, concerning the Sino-US relationship, trade and North Korea nuclear issues and some other topics relating to the benefits of the two countries.  
 
One of the achievements of the meeting was that both the two sides agreed to the four newly-established high-level mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation between China and the United States in such areas as diplomacy and security, economy, law enforcement and cyber security, as well as social and people-to-people exchanges.
 
President Xi said the two sides should properly handle sensitive issues, manage and control differences in a constructive manner, and strengthen communication and coordination in major international and regional affairs.
 
President Trump said the United States and China bear heavy responsibilities as major countries in the world, and he is full of expectations for the meeting and hopes to establish a sound working relationship with Xi for the greater development of bilateral relations.
 
After the bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Trump invited Xi for a walk around the Mar-a-Lago estate.
 
Trump also accepted Xi’s invitation for a state visit to China with pleasure, and hoped to make the trip at an early date.

President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping chat as they walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. Photo:Carlos Barria/Reuters

First Ladies

Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan toured Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida on Friday Photo: AFP/Getty Images

First Lady Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping toured Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, 10 miles away from Mar-a-Lago, on April 7.
 
At the Bak Middle School of the Arts, Peng visited different classrooms, watched performances by students and talked with them. She also joined a class on politics and economics, answered a question from a student reporter about her connection with arts, and was presented with a student's painting as souvenir.
 
Noting that China and the United States should enhance communication and cooperation in the area of arts, Peng said she hopes that teachers and students of the Bak Middle School of the Arts will make greater contribution in strengthening bilateral ties and friendship through education and arts.
 
Farewell

Thousands of Chinese Americans were waving Chinese national flags on the street, seeing off the President, his wife, and the delegation when they headed to the airport in the afternoon of April 7. Photo: Chen Jian'ge/Sino-US.com

Thousands of Chinese Americans, waving Chinese national flags on the street, saw off the President, his wife, and the delegation when they headed to the airport in the afternoon of April 7.

Remarking on the first summit between the leaders of the world’s two largest economies, Tillerson said Xi and Trump enjoyed “very frank, very candid” discussions that were “very positive.”

Thousands of Chinese Americans, waving Chinese national flags on the street, saw off the President, his wife, and the delegation when they headed to the airport in the afternoon of April 7.


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