Trump team works to arrange visit with Chinese President Xi

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump could have their first face-to-face meeting in April. The White House said plans are in the works but declined to provide further details.

It’s likely U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will announce the visit during his diplomatic trip to Asia this month.

CGTN’s Nathan King outlines topics likely to be on the agenda when the two leaders finally meet.

Trump team works to arrange visit with Chinese President Xi

President's Xi Jinping and Donald Trump could have their first face-to-face meeting in April. It’s likely U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will announce the visit during his diplomatic trip to Asia March 15-19.

If the meeting takes place the first weekend of April, President Xi would be among the first leaders to visit Donald Trump at his Florida resort. It would occur before Trump’s first 100 days in office are up.

That offers President Xi and his team an opportunity to help inform U.S. policymaking after an election campaign and transition marked by a lot of anti-China rhetoric.  The meeting would follow pretty close and fruitful contacts between the U.S. and China since Trump’s inauguration.

Even before the official announcement, there are comparisons being drawn here between this potential meeting and the Sunnylands meeting in California in September 2013 between President Xi and then U.S. President Barack Obama.