Chinese President Xi Jinping was greeted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after he arrived in Florida Thursday for a visit at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Trump and Tillerson are expected to lean into Jinping to take action on North Korea. While Jinping will look for Trump to maintain his stance on Taiwan and the “one China” policy.
Trump tweeted last week that he expected the meeting with China “will be a very difficult one.”
The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
To this point, Trump has not followed through on his promise to hit Chinese imports with U.S. favored tariffs. However, Trump tweeted a week ago that the U.S. could no longer tolerate the massive trade deficits and job losses they face.
One of the main talking points of the meeting is sure to be the nuclear weapons force of North Korea, which fired a missile Wednesday into the Sea of Japan. Trump is expected to call on Jinping to cut off North Korea from access to Chinese banking institutions in hopes it will help in halting their nuclear weapons program.
However, the president doesn’t plan to hold his breath for China’s help with North Korea.
“If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” he said.
On the Chinese side, Jinping will seek clarification from Trump on U.S. arms sales with Taiwan and the Trump’s decision to accept a phone call from the Taiwanese president back in December.
Trump agreed to honor the “one China” policy in the meeting with Xi in February.
One the thing the two men are likely not to do is play golf, however, since Xi has banned members of the communist party for playing golf and his administration has worked to close golf courses across the country.