Wed, Sept 6, 2017: Trump calls Chinese president, promotes tax reform in North Dakota

9:00 am: Speaks with President Xi Jinping of China by phone

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:00 am: Meets with the congressional leadership

Noon: Departs White House

2:40 pm CT: Arrives Bismarck, North Dakota

3:05 pm CT: Participates in a tax reform event with workers from the energy sector; Andeavor Refinery; Mandan, North Dakota

4:05 pm CT: Departs Bismarck, North Dakota

8:20 pm: Arrives White House

Mon, Aug 14, 2017: Trump signs memo authorizing investigation into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property

President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property in the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing, but one that is unlikely to prompt near-term change.

Trump broke from his 17-day vacation in New Jersey to sign the memo in the White House at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Continue reading “Mon, Aug 14, 2017: Trump signs memo authorizing investigation into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property”

Mon, Aug 14, 2017: Trump signs memo on China relations, meets with National Economic Council

9:00 am: Departs Bedminster, New Jersey

10:35 am: Arrives White House

11:15 am: Meets with Chief of Staff Kelly

3:00 pm: Signs a memorandum on addressing China’s laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology; Diplomatic Reception Room

3:45 pm: Meets with the National Economic Council; Blue Room

7:00 pm: Departs White House

9:10 pm: Arrives Trump Tower

9:30 pm: Speaks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan by telephone

Sat, July 8, 2017: Trump talks trade, N. Korean threat with China’s President Xi Jinping

U.S. President Donald Trump took a conciliatory tone on Saturday at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping where the leaders agreed to keep working on two pressing issues: the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and bilateral trade irritants.

Trump campaigned in last year’s presidential election on cracking down on China for its trade practices, but he softened his rhetoric after taking office, saying he wanted to work with China on the nuclear issue. Continue reading “Sat, July 8, 2017: Trump talks trade, N. Korean threat with China’s President Xi Jinping”

Fri, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump touts progress after meeting with Xi, but no breakthrough

President Trump said goodbye to his Chinese counterpart after two days of meetings Friday, declaring that they “made tremendous progress” but without any breakthroughs to announce.

Instead, the two sides agreed on a 100-day plan to address their differences on economic issues, which the Trump administration touted as an accomplishment in itself. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called it “a very big sea change in the pace of discussions.”

Ross said the Chinese delegation expressed an interest in reducing the trade deficit, which has provided the communist nation with trillions of dollars of hard currency but which has also restricted domestic consumption and fueled inflation. Trump has made reducing that deficit a priority for his own reasons, having campaigned on an platform of economic nationalism that blamed China for stealing American jobs.

Trump had also come into the talks hoping to use the trade issue as leverage to get China to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. That didn’t happen. “There was no kind of a package arrangement discussed to resolve this,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But he said Xi acknowledged that the North Korean situation had reached “a very serious stage.”

Trump himself often measures the success of his diplomatic efforts by the personal relationship he’s able to forge, and his first face-to-face meeting with Xi was no different.

“I just want to say that President Xi and all of his representatives have been really interesting to be with,” Trump said. “I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away.” The two leaders had a working lunch and went for a short walk on a breezy, sunny, 72-degree spring day on Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Xi described the meeting as “unique,” and praised Trump for his “excellent preparations.”

The summit was already the most important in Trump’s 11-week presidency, and the first conducted not with an ally but a rival. But the meetings were overshadowed by Trump’s decision to launch a missile strike against Syria even while he dined with Xi at a formal dinner Thursday night. Trump informed Xi of the strike as the Chinese delegation left the dinner, Tillerson said.

Xi also invited Trump to visit China later this year, and Trump accepted the invitation, he said.

–USA Today, Gregory Korte