Preparations under way for Xi Jinping and Donald Trump to meet

Chinese President Xi Jinping listens to a speech at the seat of the Swiss federal parliament, Jan 15, 2017.
Chinese President Xi Jinping listens to a speech at the seat of the Swiss federal parliament, Jan 15, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may soon meet face to face, as both sides look for ways to organise a summit for the leaders of the world's two biggest economies.

The South China Morning Post reported Mr Michael Green from the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies saying that the meeting could be held next month.

Mr Green was speaking to the paper on the sidelines of an event in Hong Kong.

 

In their first phone conversation last month, Mr Trump told the Chinese president that the United States will honour its longstanding policy of adhering to the one-China policy, in which Beijing is recognised as the only Chinese government.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that the preparations have begun for the meeting of the two leaders.

Mr Green told SCMP that Mr Xi is not likely to spend as much time with Mr Trump as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did in February, as Mr Xi is a football fan rather than a golf enthusiast, like Mr Trump.

"Abe played pretty good golf. They (Abe and Trump) got along pretty well. I don't think a Xi-Trump summit is going to be so much fun," he said to SCMP.