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Even after seeing images of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's back-slapping sessions with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in February, Chinese officials thought the oceanfront, Spanish-style club in Palm Beach, Florida, lacked the symbolic significance of the White House itself.

Xi has bones to pick with Trump, too.

The U.S. -China relationship has been under pressure over trade, North Korea and China's expansion in the South China Sea. Those meetings will have a variety of formats, the White House official said.

Keane says that Kim Jong-un's rhetoric is particularly unsafe since he is the only leader that publicly states his intentions to nuke the US.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Monday that "the United States has seen China for 25-plus years say that they're concerned about North Korea, but we haven't seen them act like they're concerned about North Korea".

Either way, the talks between the two giants, which account for 40 per cent of global trade, are being closely watched. For its part, the White House downplayed the incident.

According to US and foreign officials, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and economic adviser Gary Cohn are leading the charge for boosting ties and exploring the potential for greater economic cooperation.

Mr Trump campaigned on taking a harder line on China, saying previous presidents allowed China to steal jobs that could otherwise go to Americans.

President Trump has also raged against Mexico. "Trump is right that China is a problem on North Korea and has got to do more". China is opposing the deployment of the American THAAD antimissile system in South Korea, a move that Washington and Seoul claim is needed to protect the country from possible Pyongyang aggression.

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North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear missile capable of striking the the most pressing issue in the relationship.

"I think that North Korea long ago ceased to be a strategic asset for China". Beijing says its influence is limited and that it is doing all it can. North Korea has also dominated much of the buzz about the meeting.

A long-standing option of pre-emptive strikes remains on the table, but despite the tougher recent USA talk, the internal review "de-emphasizes direct military action", the US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ruggiero, who is now a senior fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the administration also could assist other countries to fully implement United Nations sanctions and increase military exercises, and deploy additional assets - whether they be more troops or more items - in South Korea and Japan.

"It just hasn't shown any ability to break the 200-day moving average and clearly shows that the price action is not being driven in isolation but has been driven by the US dollar", said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

China's president Xi Jinping has arrived in Florida ahead of meetings with USA counterpart Donald Trump.

"The market is only starting to factor in recent developments regarding North Korea, and it now wants to figure out the geopolitical implications of the U.S".

"I don't expect a grand bargain on trade".

Xi will come to the summit with a team of players with decades of experience in negotiating with at least three successive American presidents, and a huge playbook brimming with research and intelligence on US positions on trade, security and other key issues, according to Wilder and others. Dennis Wilder, a China specialist who served under former President George W. Bush and Obama, likened Trump's approach to Obama's before a Xi summit in 2015.