President Trump and first lady Melania welcomed China’s President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan to Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
The April 6–7 meeting is the first between the two world leaders.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who accompanied Trump, said “The United States and China have developed deep ties, and this administration is committed to ensuring these ties endure.”
China is the United States’ second-largest trading partner. The United States is seeking to broaden and enhance its economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.
Secretary Tillerson delivers a statement on the U.S.-#China bilateral relationship pic.twitter.com/Z8c28s23l2
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 6, 2017
Tillerson, who previously met with Xi in China in March, added that the Mar-a-lago meeting “will be a time to exchange candid views on the nature of the U.S.-China relationship, and we look forward to additional discussions in the future on topics of mutual importance.”
Xi is the second world leader Trump has hosted at the Florida estate, after Prime Minister Abe of Japan in March.