US President Donald Trump and his entourage arrived in China on Thursday for a first-ever visit to the country.
The visit will be Trump’s first to the Asian giant since he was inaugurated in January.
The US leader is due to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, later in the day, with the president expected to discuss issues such as trade, defence and security.
Trump will meet Xi in his Mar-a-Lago resort on the resort island of Palm Beach, Florida.
The president is also expected to attend the opening ceremony of a US naval base in the Chinese city of Qingdao.
The two leaders will also hold a summit in Japan on Monday.
US officials said Trump will seek to build on his signature “America First” foreign policy in China, the first of a series of meetings that will focus on China’s military and political rise, and how the US and its allies are trying to counter it.
The leaders also intend to tackle trade, security and climate change.
Trump’s trip is a chance to cement his legacy in China and cement his standing with the Communist Party and its ruling elite.
He is expected to meet Xi and discuss a range of issues, including economic growth and US defence spending.
In a statement on Thursday, the US Treasury Department said that the president will meet with senior officials from the US-China Free Trade Agreement, the China-US Economic and Security Review Commission, the United States and China-Japan Economic and Social Council, and the State Council.
China and the US have long been close allies.
The last time they met, in late May, Trump said the US was “looking to make sure we can keep the relationship strong”.
Trump is expected, however, to make clear to Xi that he will not tolerate any attempt by Beijing to undermine the relationship, as long as the US remains an “ally and protector”.
In Beijing, Trump will take part in a joint press conference with the Chinese president.
He will also meet with US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who is expected in the US to present Trump with a list of areas in which he will push the US position on issues such the “one China” policy, Taiwan, North Korea, and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Chinese state media said that Trump will also give Xi a speech outlining the US’s strategy for China and the Pacific Rim.
The US president will also address the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Wednesday.
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During his first foreign trip, Trump has vowed to bring jobs back to America, and he has been accused of favouring China’s economic growth over US manufacturing and jobs in manufacturing.
China, however was reluctant to play a leading role in the bilateral trade deal and said the TPP was a “terrible deal”.