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Trump is also expected to discuss trade and economic ties to the region and will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in the Philippines.

Mystery surrounds Cordray's plans GOP senator calls for caps on ex-presidents' benefits Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats MORE (R-Iowa) said Friday she doesn't believe President Trump's combative rhetoric against North Korea has hurt USA efforts to contain the country's growing nuclear threat.

A U.S. official said Asian leaders who met Mr Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last week helped persuade him to attend in unity with key Asian allies.

Mr Trump's visit to China will reciprocate a trip to the United States made in April by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In a separate speech on Thursday, Moon said cooperation with the global community to curb the North's nuclear ambitions was at its highest ever and called for the strengthening of South Korea-U.S. defenses to rein in the North.

One of the objectives of Trump's Asia tour will be to "strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said in a statement.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has since traded insults with North Korean leaders, raising the stakes even further.

Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions. Pyongyang has accused Trump of declaring war, after he warned that Kim's regime will no longer exist if he continued to threaten the United States and its allies. "And we will stand up against reckless provocations with strong punishment", he said.

China accounts for around 90 per cent of North Korea's trade, and the isolated state is highly dependent on Chinese oil imports.

"It would be helpful if the President would highlight some trade practices of our partners we appreciate as well as those we most want to see changed", Scissors said. Heightened tensions caused by North Korea's September 3 nuclear test also contributed to the decision. Chinese top diplomat State councilor Yang Jiechi has described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship.

Trump's visit to China is in response to President Xi Jinping's United States visit in April this year.

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