Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany this weekend to discuss China’s growing influence in the region and the impact of US-China trade disputes.
The two leaders will meet at a special meeting at the summit, to be attended by the new US ambassador to China, Peter Navarro, as well as other top Chinese officials.
The US and China are at odds over trade and other issues, with China accusing the US of devaluing its currency and Washington blaming China for its own trade problems.
Mr Trump has said he will not accept Beijing’s demand that it reinstate a ban on American coal exports and said it should be allowed to reopen to trade with China.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to meet Mr Trump this weekend as well.
Key points:Trump and Xi will meet in Germany, a key US ally, as they prepare for the G20 summit in Hamburg on Sunday nightThe two leaders have previously clashed over ChinaThe US and the world’s two biggest economies are preparing for the second summit in a row in the German city on Sunday, amid rising tensions over trade, a clash between China and the US over disputed islands in the South China Sea and a diplomatic spat between Mr Trump and the leader of the North.
Mr Trump has been on a diplomatic blitz in recent weeks to reassure allies and critics who worry about China’s influence and how to counter its economic and political influence.
He has been pushing his business to invest more in the US, which he says is the fastest-growing major economy in the world.
He said China is stealing American jobs and has been threatening to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
He has also accused China of destabilising the region, particularly in the Middle East.
China has denied that.
Mr Navarro has said the US is prepared to resume a trade embargo on Chinese goods as part of a larger effort to contain China’s economic influence in Asia.
He is expected in Germany to brief Mr Trump on the G-20 and his agenda for the summit.
“The two countries are going to meet on a wide range of issues including bilateral trade, investment and the environment,” Mr Navarro said in a statement.
China’s ambassador to Germany, Xie Zhenhua, said on Wednesday that the US was not interested in “co-operation” with China, despite Mr Trump’s repeated claims that the two sides have reached a “new era”.
He said China was concerned about the US’s plans to reopening the US to China.
“The US is not interested and it’s not willing to co-operate with China on the issues on which the US and its partners are currently engaged,” Xie said.
Mr Trump will also meet Mr Xi in a summit on the Chinese side of the Pacific on Friday, a summit he will host in Hamburg.
He will be joined by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, his senior adviser.
In a speech on Wednesday, Mr Trump promised to continue to push the US forward with its agenda of trade protectionism and the fight against climate change.
The US president has repeatedly threatened to pull the US out of a free trade agreement with the European Union.
Ahead of the meeting, US President Xi will host a meeting with Mr Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.