China's President To Meet Trump Next Week; Putin "Ready" For Meeting In Finland

Tyler Durden's picture

Confirming recurring rumors from the past month, overnight both China's Foreign Ministry and the White House confirmed that China's president Xi Jinping will meet with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida on April 6-7. It will be Xi's first meeting with Trump, a little over a month after Trump used the same venue to meet with Japan's PM Abe, and comes at a time when the two sides face pressing issues, ranging from North Korea and the South China Sea to trade disputes.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, who made the announcement at a daily news briefing on Thursday, did not give any more details of the meeting agenda, but spoke of the need to see the big picture while fostering mutual interests in trade relations.

"The market dictates that interests between our two countries are structured so that you will always have me and I will always have you," Lu said.

"Both sides should work together to make the cake of mutual interest bigger and not simply seek fairer distribution," he said in response to a question about trade frictions.

Beijing had previously said that preparatory work for the meeting was underway. But it had not yet confirmed the trip, despite western media reports on a scheduled meeting and an announcement by the Finnish government that Xi would make a brief stop in Finland on April 5.

The summit follows a series of other recent U.S.-China meetings and conversations aimed at mending ties after strong criticism of China by Trump during his election campaign. Rex Tillerson ended a trip to Asia this month in Beijing, agreeing to work together with China on North Korea and stressing Trump's desire to enhance understanding.

Among the most pressing recent issues, China has been irritated at being repeatedly told by Washington to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and by the U.S. decision to base an advanced missile defense system in South Korea. Beijing also remains suspicious of U.S. intentions towards self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

Of course, trade will be a dominant topic: Trump has repeatedly accused China of unfair trade policies, criticized its island-building in the strategic South China Sea, and accused it of doing too little to constrain North Korea, although with the "Goldman" block silencing Peter Navarro in recent months, Trump has significantly moderated his tone.

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Meanwhile, setting the stage for a just as critical summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he was ready to meet U.S. president Donald Trump at an Arctic summit in Finland. According to Reuters, the Russian president made this remark responding to his Finnish counterpart, who said he would be happy to receive Russian and U.S. presidents in Finland.

“I believe Finland suits this purpose well, and Helsinki is a very convenient platform to organize an event like this,” Putin said, when asked if he thought a meeting between him and Trump was possible in Finland. However, he added that the event should be well prepared “by both sides.”

“If this happens, we – and I personally – would be glad to take part in such an event. If not, the meeting [with Trump] could take place in the framework of the G20 summit [set to take place in July],” Putin concluded.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said earlier that his country would “certainly be very happy to have the opportunity to hold such a summit.”

The summit is set to take place at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki on September 18-20, 2017, according to the event’s official website.

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Swamp Yankee's picture

Talking!  Good.  Lots of talking please and no mushroom clouds.

 

Make world safe for Tarzan and Boy.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Putin's licking his chops ... had to push back China meeting cause er we've got no policy yet

Rich Stoehner's picture

He is going to give Trump an invoice for 300 billion.

Xena fobe's picture

Haha, Trump should hand him the deed to California.  Kill two birds with one stone. 

Dormouse's picture

Off subject, but isn't it strange that China would build military island bases only feet above sea level when we know that GLOBAL WARMING is going to raise sea level as much as 100 feet in the next century according to the last sore loser to not win the White House? Seems like an awful waste of money or they know something the proletariat is not told.

MEFOBILLS's picture

The military island bases of China are good strategy.... for them.

They control their "in close" sea lanes.  

If they want to, they can island hop their military using lots of small boats.  Think of it as a army strategy, not a navy strategy.

With a large army using many people, moving them logistically becomes an issue.

see first island chain defense strategy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_island_chain

Look at picture, and note perimeter also includes Japan.  Korea, both north and south are enclosed within the perimeter.

To help counter China's strategy, Japan needs to build some new islands near Chinese islands.  Japan then has early warning on any Chinese troop movements.  Sinking Chinese troop and supply ships as they island hop, would be top priority.

 

MEFOBILLS's picture

Haha, Trump should hand him the deed to California.  Kill two birds with one stone. 

 

The U.S. isn't in debt to China.  The Wall Street China gambit lifted U.S. industry in the off-shoring maneuver.  This was to take wage arbitrage for wall street, while simultaneously killing off of U.S. mainstreet.

In the meantime, China copied U.S. industry and built their own.  The transfer of America's patrimony MORE than compensates for any Chinese debt claims.

China should be paying America - they made out in what amounts to a very unfair deal.

Deed them California - yes I know it is a joke.  But consider, people are fungible - they have legs, they can walk.  Land is not fungible.  Not only that, California has access to the Pacific.  

Any leader that lets the "land" of California fall into the hands of a hostile elite, needs to have their heads examined.  The better thing would be to convert the people of california, or export them.  They have legs, they can walk to mexico. 

X- x3's picture

"Talking!....Tarzan and Boy."

Well considering I was living in Helsinki when Reagan met Gorbachev in 1985...

Yepp.

What could be better than Santa Claus & Reindeer in Finland as conversation starters:

America First, Finland Second (OFFICIAL) | Noin Viikon Uutiset with Jukka Lindström

MUST WATCH....funny as f_ck.

X-

Fake Trump's picture

If Trump has the gut bring up his rhetoric campaign slogan that he will impose 45% tariff on China export to the US. See if he walks the talk.

new game's picture

rewards miles! go get em trumpy, tell em who is the boss on this planet. bring the swamp along to prove it.

fuk en joke...

expensive entertainment, paid for by the plebs.

get your moneys worth and try to ignore.

nothin changes folks.

traveling shit shows by narcissistic histrionic fuks...

all postering to next war. moar print. moar arms.

Fake Trump's picture

Send her over to Bill Clinton. 

lincis's picture

XiTrumpian detachment fairytale...

BandGap's picture

This is all maneuvering as they discuss how each is going to handle the US dollar being phased out. Iran stopped using it all together last week. Russia is beta testing it's own SWIFT system.

Everyone has something to lose in this dance, although Russia seems to have taken steps to go independent soon. The meeting with Iran was no coincidence, and neither was Eminence Trump's visit with the Saudi Prince/King/whatever last week. China is the wild card as the Yuan is still pegged to the dollar, yet they own all those wonderful Treasuries.

Personally, I have no idea how they keep the lid on this baby, she is gonna blow. The only place I don't see massive civil unrest is Russia, and I wonder if that is why NATO is parking hardware all along the borders there. It was a great time to hand Merkel that bill.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Iran stopped using it all together last week.

I am not doubting you but do you have a good reputable link confirming this?  I just want to have something in the chamber for the many delusions aholes.

highwaytoserfdom's picture

lets see  Koreans to take Westinghouse nuke from Toshiba

 

and China has 12 nuke plants... Guess is the Donald has a handle on GE Immelt and his hundred of visits to the public housing project at 1600 Pennsylvania ave.

MuffDiver69's picture

This is actually very rare for a Chinese leader to essentially stay two days in our Presidents home and of course will be ignored....Obama was treated lke a dog on his last visit .They didn't even hook up the main stairs to plane and the goofball exited the back... None of this fits the narrative, back to Russia smear in 3-2-1....

Arrest Hillary's picture

Mar-a-Lago .... sea to lake .... South China sea .... to .... China lake ?

Arrest Hillary's picture

Putin's weak hand .... meeting where USSR invaded Finland .... Gorby made it to US and Iceland .... Xi Jinping wins this round .... hands down .... five stars ?

JBilyj's picture

Lu Kang!? Hopefully he will do battle with Shang Tsung 

WolfgangCire's picture

Xi and Putin are about to meet a real piece of shit

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

This will be just another photo op to portray Trump as a diplomatic world leader. He needs to look presidential. Xi Jinping and other leaders have no fucking clue what is inside Trumps head,like most of us. Do not expect significant policy statements of any kind. Handshakes may be akward but that is all you get.