As Donald Trump gets set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for a tête-à-tête at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida on Thursday, experts say it's time for the U.S. leader to let his past hostile comments about the Asian powerhouse fade with the Florida sunset.
Trump must start building a solid personal relationship with his counterpart and open a starter dialogue on a number of sensitive issues between the two nations, analysts add.
While the Chinese are strategic and conservative in their policy and diplomacy maneuvers, Trump has earned his reputation as brash and somewhat unpredictable, often venting governing frustrations on Twitter in 140 characters or less.
"[The Chinese] know that you cannot conduct foreign policy by Twitter, by tweeting, and brashness," former Ambassador to China Max Baucus told NBC News.
During his presidential campaign, Trump stridently criticized China, tweeting that the Asian nation is a currency manipulator and bashing their trade practices to cheering crowds across the country.
He has been consistently vocal in his "America First" stance on trade and is deeply critical of what he sees as an unbalanced relationship in that regard with China, one of America's largest goods trading partners.
The White House is all but certain to pressure Beijing to action on convincing North Korea to cease its arms quest and nuclear tests — a position that was further underscored following North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday.
"The clock has now run out and all options are on the table" in dealing with North Korea, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
The U.S.-China summit is set to begin Thursday afternoon, with Xi and his wife staying in Palm Beach through Friday.
The two leaders will face-off on a range of issues — from trade to North Korea's provocations — in a meeting that will "set a framework" for their future relationship, senior White House officials said Tuesday.