U.S. President Donald Trump holds his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday facing pressure to deliver trade concessions for some of his most fervent supporters and prevent a crisis with North Korea from spiraling out of control. Nathan Frandino reports.
The stage is set in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, for the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Topping the list of subjects for discussion...the contentious issue of trade practices and the ongoing crisis with North Korea. The isolated nation conducted its fourth missile test of the year on Wednesday, further heightening tensions in the region. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "The country of North Korea. We have a big problem." Trump has threatened to use trade to try to force China to exert greater influence over Pyongyang, but Beijing says its influence is limited. Trump promised during last year's campaign to challenge China on what he called unfair trade practices. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "China's unfair subsidy and its behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance into the WTO and I intend to enforce our rules." Many of the blue-collar workers who voted for him will be looking for him to deliver. The White House so far has set low expectations for the meeting, saying it will set the foundation for future dealings.