Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump arrived here today to hold wide ranging talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a host of issues, including ramping up pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme and trade frictions between the two most powerful economies.Both countries are also expected to sign trade deals worth billions of dollars during Trump’s three-day visit.China is pulling out all the stops to give a “state visit-plus” reception to Trump on his maiden visit.Trump will be given an extended ceremonial welcome at the Great Hall of the People tomorrow followed by bilateral talks with Xi. Later Trump would also take part in a business event followed by joint media event.
Trump is also scheduled to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and attend a reception followed by state dinner and cultural performance.The visit will provide opportunities for President Xi and Trump to exchange in-depth views on issues that concern both sides, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a media briefing yesterday.The visit is of great significance in pushing forward the steady development of Sino-US relations in the new era and promoting the prosperity of not only the Asia-Pacific region but also the world, she said.Since Trump took office in January, the two leaders have maintained close contact. They already have had two face-to- face meetings and eight phone conversations.
Branstad also said a number of memorandums of understanding are expected to be signed during Trump’s visit, covering manufacturing, energy and other sectors.
Trump’s visit marks the first by a head of state to China after last month’s once-in-a-five year Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China, which conferred a second five-year term for Xi.”The visit will be different from routine arrangements and there will be surprises,” Ni Feng, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of American Studies said.After a deal to reopen the Chinese markets to the US for beef in July, American beef is back on China’s menu. China says the action plan has produced some tangible results.
Ahead of his visit, Trump has said the massive trade deficit in bilateral trade is a shame, and has been putting pressure on China to open the Chinese markets more for US products and firms.US goods and services trade with China totalled to an estimated USD 648.2 billion in 2016 in which China had a lion’s share with about USD 478.9 billion exports. The US exports to China stood at USD 169.3 billion, according to US trade figures.Trump is also putting pressure on Xi to press China’s close ally North Korea to give up the nuclear and missile programme which has become a major threat to the US.China is also apprehensive about the US trying to work out a quadrilateral with India, Japan and Australia.
Japan has proposed the four countries to work out a new Silk Road plan to counter China’s ambitious and multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative.The US has been accusing China of violating international rules and norms by laying claims on the disputed South and East China seas.China claims sovereignty on almost all of the South China Sea (SCS) which is disputed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.China has also laid claims on the Senkaku islands under the control of Japan in East China Sea and resorted to aggressive patrols in the last two years.