Opera, tea and grandchildren bring Xi and Trump together

Opera, tea and grandchildren bring Xi and Trump together

Trump is expected to play the same card when he visits Beijing today after his stop in South Korea. "I love you!" after a Peking Opera performance at the former imperial palace.

The Trumps walked alongside Xi and his wife through the historic site and admired artifacts from centuries' past.

Lavishing the "imperial treatment" on Trump and giving him the chance to bond with a fellow self-styled political strongman is just one way in which China is dealing with the USA president's potential disruptions to one of the world's most consequential bilateral relationships.

Major grains trading house ADM(ADM.N) was on an initial list seen by Reuters of USA companies taking part in a trade mission accompanying Trump to China but ADM has not confirmed its participation.

While Trump condemned the authorities, he also made overtures to leader Kim Jong-un, who has overseen rapid advances in its weapons technology.

Xi was preparing to welcome Trump, who flew to Beijing after delivering a hard line speech against North Korea at the South Korean national assembly, with a "state visit plus" that was set to open with a tour of Beijing's ancient "Forbidden City", a reminder of China's 5000 years of history.

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country and that's what they're doing". He also threatened to punish China for manipulating the value of its currency.

Donald Trump will receive an honor in Beijing not granted to any US President since the founding of the People's Republic of China: official dinner inside the Forbidden City.

The president said he was "having a great time" and at one point exclaimed "wow".

Trump may find himself on the back foot, says Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press. China is "giving Trump lots of face, vanities and protocol".

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In the 10 months of his presidency, the Trump administration has laid the foundation for him to take the kinds of strong retaliatory measures that would leave Chinese officials fuming. "We hope all parties do things that are conducive to better relations, trust and mutual understanding".

"(Xi's) going to treat Trump nearly like an emperor", said Ming.

At the start of the day, Trump abandoned a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the two Koreas because of bad weather, leaving him "pretty frustrated" according to the White House.

"You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept", Trump said.

But the Trump administration continues to believe China can and must do more to leverage its influence over the North Korean regime, which trades nearly exclusively with China.

Both leaders say they have struck up a friendship since Trump treated Xi to a plush visit at the billionaire's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for their first meeting in April.

Analysts say there is a perception in China that ensuring a good personal rapport between the two leaders would be key to resolving structural impediments.

"China does not deliberately seek a trade surplus". Russian Federation will "never recognise North Korea" as a nuclear state, which puts Moscow and Washington in "close" positions, Ulyanov said. His previous stops were in Japan and South Korea, and in both countries he rallied the USA allies against the threat posed by North Korea, touting multibillion-dollar purchases of US-made military equipment as improving the national security of the buyers and helping fix their trade imbalances with America.

But, he stressed, "this issue can not be solved all by China's self".

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