US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping should be able to forge a personal connection that will benefit broader ties between their two nations if they do meet next month, observers say.
Although tensions between the two sides were likely to continue, both leaders project strong personalities, which could provide the basis for a lasting bond, they said.
According to US media reports, Trump will host Xi at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on April 6 and 7.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday the administration was preparing for a meeting between the two leaders but was not ready to announce a date. "Planning is ongoing for a visit between President Trump and President Xi at a date to be determined," Spicer said.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the two sides had been in close communication over the possibility of a summit and information would be released in a timely manner.