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Trump to meet China's Xi first week in April

President Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate from April 6-7, the White House announced Thursday morning.

"The two leaders will discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual concern", the statement said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also brought about a cooling in the relationship between the two nations when he suggested that the USA should block access to artificial islands that China is building in disputed waters amid a build-up in military presence in the South China Sea.

In January, Trump tweeted: "China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S.in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea".

Another state-run Chinese publication, China Daily, says the Palm Beach meeting "can certainly contribute a clear and constructive sense of direction to this crucial relationship".

"It is widely expected that the upcoming meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will redefine the Sino-US relationship".

Ahead of the summit with Trump, Xi will visit Finland and hold talks with his counterpart Sauli Niinisto, Lu said.

Beijing is also deeply suspicious of US intentions towards self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

The two leaders had spoken by phone on Febraury 9 during which Trump had told Xi that he would honour the "One China" policy. Trump sharply criticized China during his presidential campaign for what he described as unfair Chinese trade practices.

China has been irritated at being told repeatedly by Washington to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, or face USA sanctions on Chinese businesses trading with North Korea, and by the US decision to base an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.

Recently his focus on China has been calling for them to do more in dealing with the growing threat from North Korea.

In the letter asking for the review, the lawmakers raised concerns about Trump's hosting of Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, when they alleged, "the President his staff. discussed national security matters on "full view to diners" and reviewed potentially sensitive national security material in apparent violation of security protocols".

Xi's 2013 visit to Sunnylands was announced three weeks in advance, while the announcement of his 2015 visit to the White House came seven months beforehand.