Trump will be the first US president to visit China in more than a decade and his trip comes just weeks after he was criticized for a controversial visit to Beijing during which he spoke to the Chinese leader about US trade relations.
Trump has been criticized for not visiting China during his visit, which was overshadowed by a report that Trump was spotted at the end of a lengthy meeting with the leaders of Taiwan and North Korea.
In a tweet Friday, the White House said Trump would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Forbidden City in Beijing on Tuesday for the first face to face talks with Xi.
Trump’s meeting with Xi comes a day after he told the Chinese President he will meet with him and other leaders in coming weeks to discuss trade and climate change.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m.-2:30 Friday local time) in the Forbidden Palace, the presidential residence, and the meeting is expected to last about 20 minutes.
Trump has previously said he will be in China during the two-day visit, although a White House official said the meeting will be separate from the two bilateral meetings with Xi in the White Court earlier this week.
A White House statement said the two leaders will discuss ways to promote trade and investment, including through the China-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
The White House did not give details about how the meeting would take place, but said Xi will “express the US commitment to a free and open global trade area.”
Trump has repeatedly said he is not going to sign an agreement with China until it has a better trade relationship with the United States, something that would take a long time to get a handle on.
“We have a lot of work to do.
We’re still waiting on an agreement.
It’s not happening fast enough,” Trump said at a news conference Friday, while also suggesting he may have already signed an FTA with China.
After a visit to the Forbidden Kingdom last week, Trump signed a waiver allowing him to visit Beijing and other Chinese cities in the coming weeks.
Xi has not visited the Forbidden District since he visited Beijing in July, although he has met with some of the leaders, including Chinese President Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Li Xiaolin.
Chinese President Xi and other world leaders, and Trump at a joint press conference in March, have not had any formal talks in China, although they have met on several occasions.
During a visit in January to the United Kingdom, Trump told the UK prime minister that he did not want to get involved in any trade deals with China, but instead to talk about the US-UK relationship.
U.S. President Donald Trump is set to meet with Chinese President Xing Liyuan at the State Guesthouse on April 16.