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Mr Trump tweeted last week that the meeting would be "very difficult" due to trade issues with China.

North Korea fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, on Wednesday morning, USA and South Korean officials said. He has also accused China of manipulating its currency to boost exports. At the same time, the USA exported $161.6 billion in goods and services to China, including high-value-added products such as aircraft, machinery, vehicles and electrical equipment.

Believing it would work, Xi is expected to offer big-ticket investments in building back USA factories and infrastructure lifelines while paying nominal lip service promising to put more pressure on North Korea and respect rules in the South China Sea.

According to the official, the primary objective of the meeting is to set a framework for discussions on trade and investment.

China is hoping that Trump's sun-kissed beach club - beloved of realtors and Rotarians - while an unlikely setting for a superpower summit, will help build rapport. China, he noted, has the most influence over the North economically and politically.

Some of the largest USA companies have contributed to the billions of dollars of foreign direct investment that have poured into China over the past two decades, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.

"Why is North Korea building a rocket that can cross the Pacific and strike Seattle or Los Angeles?" The U.S. can basically force Chinese companies to pay taxes that effectively raise the price of such products in the U.S. market.

On the navigation patrols by the US military, which China deems provocative, "I wouldn't be surprised if the new administration would look to take more robust measures than the Obama administration", says Andrew Small, senior Transatlantic fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The stakes are high ― but so is the opportunity to stabilize relations and set a positive tone for future interactions. It warned that possible retaliation from Beijing was not a reason for inaction.

AND P.S., FROM YOUR U.N. AMBASSADOR: Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, also had some tough talk over the weekend - but it conflicted with the president's. But the policy was recently thrown into disarray when Trump accepted a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan's president.

Trump signed two executive orders on trade on Friday, one to improve import tariff collection and another to study the causes of the USA trade deficit.

Hyten added that while he believed Beijing's involvement was critical, he said that he will provide military options to the president to deal with the threat from North Korea.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang said on Friday the U.S.

"On balance, Americans today tend to be more concerned about China's economic strength than its military prowess", the report said.

The US House of Representatives has approved a request by the Department of State to put North Korea back on the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, after the country was removed from it in 2008. The U.S. has rebuffed that offer, calling the two "apples and oranges".

According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, 51 South Koreans, including media, will stay in Pyongyang for the event.

Yet even if Xi is able to offer Trump deliverables, he will still have to deal with "a restless USA president valuing unpredictability and seeking advantage for his agenda going forward", Sutter said.

The meeting between the two presidents will be one of "familiarization with each of their working styles, with each of their needs", said Fu, now a political adviser to the government. -China experts scratching their heads. The briefing took place on the condition of anonymity.

"What they're likely to do is feed into the sense in the Trump administration that disengagement from the global system is a good thing", said Michael Auslin, an author and Asia analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

If Xi anticipates these "asks" and comes prepared to concretely address all three ― each of which is also in China's own national interests ― then Trump will see China as a friend instead of a foe (and Trump is prone to such simplistic judgments).

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