US President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that he believes, like Xi, that there is a solution to the North Korea issue.
It was too bad that past US administrations let trade get out of kilter but we will make it fair to both sides, Trump also told Xi as they begun formal talks at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
China’s Xi fetes Trump on first day of Beijing trip
With lavish pageantry and an uncharacteristic personal flourish, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday rolled out a red carpet welcome for US President Donald Trump at the Forbidden City, the ancient home of China’s emperors.
While North Korea and trade are set to dominate the formal part of the visit, which ends on Friday, China has been keen to show the importance it puts on Trump’s visit, the first by a foreign leader since the end of a key Communist Party congress last month where Xi cemented his power.
Trump and his wife Melania were whisked from Beijing airport – where they were met by China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi, a key player in the outreach to Trump since he won election a year ago – straight to the Forbidden City.
Chatting over cups of tea, Trump showed Xi a video of his granddaughter Arabella Kushner singing in Mandarin and reciting classical Chinese poetry, prompting Xi to compliment her performance as worthy of an “A+”, Chinese state media said.
Xi said he hoped Arabella would visit China soon, noting that she was already a “child star” in China, the official Xinhua news agency said