Donald Trump accepts Xi Jinping’s invitation to visit China

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 April, 2017, 3:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 April, 2017, 6:03pm

US President Donald Trump has accepted his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping’s invitation to visit China, state-media reported on Friday.

State-run Xinhua news agency made the announcement as the two leaders are meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Xi arrived in Florida for the summit with Trump on Thursday, US time.

He and his wife Peng Liyuan attended a welcome dinner hosted by Trump and his wife Melania.

Ahead of the dinner, Trump said he and Xi had already had a long discussion and “developed a friendship”.

Xi said he is ready to work with Trump to push forward the Sino-US relations from a “new starting point”.

“There are a thousand reasons to make Sino-US relationship work, and no reason to break it,” Xi was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

The two leaders are expected to discuss issues ranging from North Korea’s nuclear programme to trade disputes during their two-day talks.

But the talks are now being overshadowed by the United States’ military strike against Syria.