North Korea, trade deficit tops Trump’s agenda in China

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North Korea, trade deficit tops Trump’s agenda in China
North Korea, trade deficit tops Trump’s agenda in China

BEIJING (AP) – The standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and demands that China do more to balance trade with America will dominate President Donald Trump’s agenda in Beijing.

Trump’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping will be grander than their informal April talks at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. That visit was most memorable for Trump informing Xi about ordering a missile strike on Syria while they ate a dessert of chocolate cake.

Officials say Trump has forged a personal connection with Xi, and Chinese officials expect the leaders to continue to have “in-depth, constructive, friendly and productive” talks.

Xi was named last month to a second five-year term as the leader of China’s Communist Party at a congress that elevated his status as China’s most powerful leader in decades.

In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017, file photo, a man pushes a stroller past a magazine advertisement featuring U.S. President Donald Trump at a newsstand in Shanghai, China. President Donald Trump’s agenda in Beijing is expected to be led by the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and demands that China do more to balance trade with America. (Chinatopix Via AP, File)
A book with the title “American President Trump” is placed on a shelf for a photo at a section of a book store on foreign leaders in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda in Beijing this week is expected to be led by the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and demands that China do more to balance trade with America. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, anti-war protesters wearing cutouts of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, march after a rally demanding peace on the Korean peninsula near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. It’s obvious to anyone who looks at a map but also, this week, especially noteworthy: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, the leaders of the two nations that have squared off with harsh words and the threat of nuclear war are now closer to each other than New York City’s Trump Tower is to the White House. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
In this Thursday, July 27, 2017, file photo, a man and a child look at a picture showing the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly islands, in the disputed South China Sea, on display at the military museum in Beijing. President Donald Trump’s agenda in Beijing is expected to be led by the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and demands that China do more to balance trade with America. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
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