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Trump is now on a 12-day-long Asia tour, which had earlier taken him to Japan and South Korea - key partners of the United States - but the U.S. president's diplomatic manoeuvres will be put to a real test in Beijing, especially against the backdrop of his strong anti-China stance during his presidential campaign.

Despite disagreements over trade and North Korea, the two leaders and their wives were all smiles as they ambled through the former imperial palace, first built in the 15th century.

Ross was speaking at a signing ceremony in the Chinese capital for commercial deals worth about $9 billion on Trump's visit.

With lavish pageantry and an uncharacteristic personal flourish, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday rolled out a red carpet welcome for US President Donald Trump at the Forbidden City, the ancient home of China's emperors.

Chinese state-media reported that 19 agreements were signed covering bioscience, aviation and smart manufacturing, in tune with concerns about reducing the massive US trade deficit with China.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, spoke out in support of free speech in two visits to China.

Trump and First Lady Melania were greeted at the airport by a military band before they headed to the Forbidden City to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.

"I'm sure we've got the gear aboard this airplane to allow that to happen", the official continued. Spontaneous interactions between visiting leaders and ordinary Chinese are rare, although visiting USA presidents have in the past been permitted to deliver speeches and meet with university students.

"We're having a great time", Trump told reporters.

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Trump has offered no signs that his stance on China has changed or that he views the Asian powerhouse as less destructive to U.S. manufacturing or threatening to the US' continued economic dominance.

"It's just that Trump uses somewhat stronger words", he says.

At the start of the day, Trump abandoned a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the two Koreas because of bad weather, leaving him "pretty frustrated" according to the White House.

"All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea", Trump said.

But the Trump administration continues to believe China can and must do more to leverage its influence over the North Korean regime, which trades nearly exclusively with China.

Xi said he hoped Arabella would visit China soon, noting that she was already a "child star" in China, the official Xinhua news agency said.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing Wednesday for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of the "cruel dictatorship" in North Korea.

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. Russian Federation will "never recognise North Korea" as a nuclear state, which puts Moscow and Washington in "close" positions, Ulyanov said.

Both issues are prioritized in China as well. Iran now has missiles with a range of around 3,000 km, which poses no threat to the USA in the "foreseeable future", Ulyanov said. The administration's inclusion of India as a partner in its strategy has been read by some in Beijing and elsewhere as a bid to contain China, which Trump aides deny.

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