Trade is trouble for Trump and during his campaign he slammed China for its currency manipulation to favour exports and threatened to slap massive tariffs on China if the US fails to get adequate access to the Chinese market.
It is a world where Trump feels more comfortable, here the two men will attempt to develop a relationship with wide ranging consequences.
Pyongyang has recently fired off another ballistic missile, following on from September’s nuclear test.
The international community retaliated with yet more sanctions.
Trump wants the Chinese to do more to rein in the Kim Jong-Un regime.
Washington wants Beijing to implement UN sanctions. However, the Chinese say that would devastate the North Korean economy and the population, as 90 percent of North Korea’s exports go to China. Beijing says it has stopped coal imports, the main source of foreign exchange for Pyongyang.
China is unhappy about the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile shield in South Korea. The Chinese see it as a threat in its own backyard. The US believes the system will discourage North Korea from attacking its neighbor.