Trump wrote on Twitter that he was looking forward "to meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping".
His criticism of the country's major trade partners in Asia may win him support back home from those who believe his claim that unfair trade practices have stripped jobs and wealth from the United States "decade after decade, trade deficit upon trade deficit", as he said in March.
ANALYST COMMENT: "Markets seem unsure which way to go next - equity markets are largely becalmed, FX is mostly directionless, with a few exceptions, and the same too goes for bond markets", Rob Carnell of ING said in a report.
After carefully listening to Obama, the person said, Xi replied that he wouldn't throw the first punch at Trump - but he also wouldn't sit back and take one.
That's included devoting hundreds of hours a year to welcoming ceremonies, meetings and receptions, in addition to hosting major multilateral events such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting and the G-20 summit.
Trump is expected to push China on trade and North Korea during a two-day visit, which White House aides view to be the centerpiece of his Asia tour. During a news conference in Seoul on Tuesday, Trump praised Xi for being "very helpful" on North Korea and added that China is "trying very hard to solve the problem".
"Addressing the imbalance in China trade has been the central focus of collaborative discussions between President Trump and President Xi and achieving fair and reciprocal treatment for the companies is a shared objective", Ross said.
Tongue firmly in cheek, Smith said, "Mr. Trump, I advise you to tweet".
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is expected to bring a business delegation to Beijing during Trump's visit.
The official said China, Pyongyang's main trading partner, has been exerting its influence but could do more.
"I don't think anybody would be able to contain China", Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to Washington, told reporters ahead of Trump's trip.
China on Wednesday rolled out the red carpet for U.S. President Donald Trump, capped by a visit to the famous Forbidden City and the signing of a slew of deals in the evening in the Great Hall of the People.
The Trump administration has responded by framing his 11-day, five-nation Asia trip as a broadening of United States policy in the "Indo-Pacific" region.
"People say we have the best relationship of any president-president, because he's called president also". Trade volume grew from 2.5 billion USA dollars in 1979 to about 520 billion dollars past year, according to China's Ministry of Commerce. At the same time, Xi has tightened his grip on power to become China's strongest leader in decades. "This is as important a time for high level dialogue as any time over the last 35 years".
But some U.S. experts said it is unlikely Xi will make concessions on issues involving free speech even if Trump does raise them.
"A read of their [artificial intelligence] strategy shows they've put more thought into this than any other government out there, and they're just getting started".