Trump to host China’s President Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago summit

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US President Donald Trump is set to hold his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a high-stakes summit for both leaders.

The heads of the world’s two biggest economies will hold the bilateral at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida.

The American leader is expected to press his counterpart for action on North Korea, and Mr Xi to seek assurances on Taiwan.

Mr Trump tweeted last week that the summit “will be a very difficult one”.

Mr Xi and his wife, folk singer Peng Liyuan, will be treated to a welcome banquet on Thursday evening at Mr Trump’s palatial Palm Beach resort with the US president and first lady, Melania Trump.

The bilateral will conclude with a working lunch on Friday.

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But there is unlikely to be any golf. While Mr Trump is fond of hitting the fairway, Mr Xi’s administration has cracked down on the sport in an anti-corruption drive.

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The Mar-a-Lago Club is known as the “Winter White House”

All eyes will be on body language between the two leaders – one a softly spoken Communist Party apparatchik and the other a brash Manhattan property tycoon.

BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie says observers can expect an unpredictable power play from the very first handshake.

The Chinese are reportedly wary that the…

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