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A combination of file photos showing Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and US President Donald Trump. – Reuters

Beijing – China and the United States considered the first coming summit, which will take place next Thursday in Florida, between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, as very important for the future of bilateral relations, especially after the latest pessimist stances expressed by Trump in the weekend.

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday held a phone conversation to discuss the upcoming meeting between the two countries’ presidents.

Yang said the meeting is key to the development of China-US relations and of great significance to the peace and prosperity of the region and the world.

Tillerson said Trump looks forward to meeting Xi, noting that the US side would like to work with their Chinese counterparts to achieve a fruitful meeting.

The US President will receive his Chinese counterpart in his luxurious spa Mar-a-Lago in Florida in a summit that aims at confirming the closeness between the two countries in light of the nuclear crisis with North Korea.

However, Trump, who is known for his unusual reactions during diplomatic meetings, confirmed in a series of tweets on Friday that he is expecting a “very difficult” meeting with the Chinese President and he added: “we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses.”

Moreover, Trump sought to push his crusade for fair trade and more manufacturing jobs back to the top of his agenda on Friday by ordering a study into the causes of US trade deficits and a clampdown on import duty evasion.

Trump vowed during a White House signing ceremony that “the theft of American prosperity” by foreign countries would end.

He did not mention any country in precise, yet he accused China, during his presidential campaign, of manipulating its currency to encourage exports, which the Chinese regime strongly rejected.

In an interview with the Financial Times, which was published on Sunday, Trump said that he will deal with the North Korean nuclear deal on his own without the help of China.

This statement came at a time Washington considers sanctions imposed by China on Pyongyang are not enough although it stopped importing North Korean coal.

For her part, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in an interview: “We appreciate that China has stopped coal going into North Korea, but we know it’s going in other ways.”

“At some point, we need these definitive actions by China condemning North Korea and not just calling them out for it.”