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US President Donald Trump plans to receive China President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort

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Washington, March 14, 2017: US President Donald Trump plans to receive his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this April at his Mar-a-Lago hotel complex in Florida, media reports said on Monday.

Though they won’t play golf, as he did with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump wants to use the club to establish a closer relationship with the Chinese President in their first meeting, Efe news reported.

According to online news agency Axios, which provided no sources, the meeting could take place on April 6-7 and will focus on work sessions, with special emphasis on issues like trade and defence.

Washington could seek Chinese cooperation on such matters as North Korea’s missile tests and nuclear provocations, as well as to ease tensions in the South China Sea over territorial disputes with its regional neighbours.

In the two leaders’ last phone conversation in February, Trump assured Xi of his commitment to maintaining the “One China” policy.

That assurance was seen as an attempt to patch up relations with Beijing after Trump said he saw no reason the US had to be “bound by the ‘One China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things,” such as trade.

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North Korea Halts Nuclear And Missile Tests

Pyongyang also says it plans to close nuclear test site as summit between North and South to be held on Friday.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced the immediate suspension of nuclear and missile tests, media reports said on Saturday.

“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Efe quoted Kim as saying.

North Korea will also “shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side to guarantee transparency in suspending nuclear tests,” the report added.

Having established a nuclear deterrent, North Korea can now turn to overhauling its economy, Kim said.

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FILE – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). VOA

Pyongyang’s move comes ahead of Kim’s April 27 summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries.

The last in-person talks between the leaders of North and South Korea took place 11 years ago.

What will be the first-ever encounter between the leaders of North Korea and the US is expected to happen in late May or early June.

Also Read: Meaning of Denuclearization For North Korea

US President Donald Trump, who accepted Kim’s proposal for a meeting after months that saw the two men trade insults and threats, hailed the announcement from Pyongyang.

“North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World — big progress! Look forward to our Summit,” Trump wrote on Twitter.  IANS

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