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Trump To Host Chinese President At Mar-A-Lago Resort

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida in April.

Axios first reported the scheduled meeting, which is tentatively set to begin on April 6 and continue through the next day.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to finalize the plans during his upcoming visit to Beijing, according to CNN.

The two superpowers have a great deal to talk about, including trade deals, military expansion and national security.

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Trump has talked tough on China regarding trade going all the way back to the speech he made in June 2015 in which he announced his presidential bid.

"Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don't have them," Trump said at the time, reports The Washington Post. "When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time."

Trump has also consistently accused China of purposely devaluing its currency so the prices of its exports are artificially lower than competing countries.

"They're devaluing their currency to a level that you wouldn't believe," Trump said during his presidential run announcement speech. "It makes it impossible for our companies to compete, impossible. They're killing us."

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Another point of contention between the U.S. and China is the latter's military expansion in the South China Sea.

China is creating man-made islands in the area, which are reportedly for the purpose of housing military bases, according to CNN. That's causing tension between China and U.S. allies, Japan and South Korea.

China's actions in the region could be the reason Japan will deploy its largest warship on a three-month tour in the South China Sea, according to Reuters.

"The aim is to test the capability of the Izumo by sending it out on an extended mission," an anonymous source unauthorized to speak to the media told Reuters. "It will train with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea."

And after North Korea launched four missiles into Japanese waters on March 6, the problematic "hermit kingdom" is also expected to be a topic of discussion between Trump and Xi.

China is North Korea's only major ally in the region and is often expected to calm down the country's leaders in its international quarrels.

Trump, meanwhile, has had tough words for North Korea, and at one time even threatened to get China to make North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, "disappear in one form or another," reported CBS News.

Sources: CNN, Axios, The Washington Post, ReutersCBS News / Photo credit: Global Panorama/Flickr

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