"I am not holding my breath given his track record of statements attacking the United States news media, labelling news reports he doesn't like as "fake" and threatening retaliation of various kinds against news organisations", said Rebecca MacKinnon, an American who worked in China as a journalist and now runs the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America think tank in Washington. "It's the greatest theft in the history of the world", he said at a May 2016 rally. Trump posed for photos and, with a wave of his hand, joked to Xi about the reporters watching. He had called China a currency manipulator and accused Chinese of stealing American jobs. And he hasn't retaliated against Beijing's abusive trade practices with draconian measures of his own, as his campaign once foreboded.
"On behalf of @FLOTUS Melania and I, THANK YOU for an unforgettable afternoon and evening at the Forbidden City in Beijing, President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan". Spontaneous interactions between visiting leaders and ordinary Chinese are rare, although visiting US presidents have in the past been permitted to deliver speeches and meet with university students.
Trump is expected to dine with Xi inside the Jianfu Palace, although the exact location of the dinner hasn't been confirmed. "We're having a great time". Trump, with his administration besieged by allegations of Russian Federation collusion, has an approval rating of just 36 percent - the worst for a USA president in modern history. But so far, he hasn't pulled the trigger.
The US president habitually attributes the country's manufacturing job losses to "unfair trade". But while those actions signal the administration's seriousness about countering Chinese trade abuses, the follow-up, so far, has been lacking - even when those reviews have been completed, awaiting presidential action to impose tariffs or other measures to protect U.S. industries.
China poured on the pomp and pageantry for Trump's arrival. Trump said last week that the $347 billion (€299 billion) trade deficit with China was "so bad that it's embarrassing". Or the importance of enlisting China's support in confronting the North Korean nuclear threat. "China is launching a charm offensive for sure but substantive issues such as trade and North Korea can come up later", says Beijing-based commentator Einar Tangen, in a conversation with The Hindu. And few relationships have been a better example of that conflict than that of the U.S. and China.
At a joint press conference with South Korea's Moon Tuesday, Trump emphasized how important China was to the North Korea issue, saying Xi "has been very helpful".
Trump wrote on Twitter that he was looking forward "to meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping". China is North Korea's largest trading partner and Trump is expected to demand that the nation curtail its dealings with Pyongyang and expel North Korean workers from its borders.
Trump will also seek greater efforts from Xi to restrict trade between China and North Korea, whose economic wellbeing depends on its ties with Beijing.
Dining in the Forbidden City will be a significant honor for Trump, in keeping with what China's Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai promised would be a "state visit-plus". "And that has to do really with free trade, fair trade, or reciprocal trade". It's hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
"We will not permit America or our allies to be blackmailed or attacked", Trump said.
"You're going to see a very big difference, and it's going to happen very soon", Trump added, without offering any more detail.
President Trump is visiting five nations across Asia this month in a 13-day trip that includes stops in Japan, South, Korea, and China. Russian Federation will "never recognise North Korea" as a nuclear state, which puts Moscow and Washington in "close" positions, Ulyanov said.
But, he stressed, "this issue can not be solved all by China's self".