Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives for first meeting with Donald Trump

Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived in Florida for his first face-to-face meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump, which is likely to focus on tensions over North Korea and trade.

The Chinese leader and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were greeted at Palm Beach international airport by secretary of state Rex Tillerson and a military honour guard.

Xi and his wife will join Trump for dinner at his Mar-a-Lago estate, their first encounter before Friday’s talks.

Speaking to reporters on his way to Florida, Trump said that the two main issues in the meeting would be North Korea’s nuclear programme and trade with China.

“We have been treated unfairly and have made terrible trade deals with China for many, many years. That’s one of the things we are going to be talking about. The other thing of course is going to be North Korea.”

Earlier Thursday, Pyongyang threatened to deliver “the most ruthless blow” if there is “even the smallest provocation” from the United States.

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