US official: Trump to meet China’s Xi first week in April

FILE – In this March 5, 2017 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. A senior State Department official says Chinese President Xi will meet with President Donald Trump the first full week of April. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department official says Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) will meet with President Donald Trump the first full week of April.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had originally planned to skip a meeting of NATO foreign ministers scheduled for April 5-6 in Brussels. The meeting was rescheduled for Friday after Tillerson told NATO he had a scheduling conflict.

The official told reporters on Tuesday the reason Tillerson couldn’t make the original date is because Xi will be visiting the United States then. The official says Tillerson must be part of Xi’s discussions with Trump.

The visit will be Trump’s first with Xi since taking office.

The official briefed reporters on a conference call on condition of anonymity, even though Trump has criticized reporters for using anonymous sources.

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