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Trump says he called President Xi Jinping the 'king' of China

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said he known as his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a "king" all over his first state seek advice from to Beijing in 2017 and that the top Communist Party chief appeared to appreciate the statement.

Addressing the National Republican Congressional Committee spring dinner in Washington on Tuesday, Trump said Xi had denied he used to be a king.

"He said, 'But I am not king, I am president.' I said 'No, you're president for life, and therefore you're king'," Trump instructed his audience, prompting laughter, CNN reported.

"He said, huh. He liked that. I get along with him great," it quoted america President as saying.

Trump, 72, visited Beijing in November 2017, just months ahead of China's rubber-stamp legislature, the National People's Congress, dropped the two-term limit at the Chinese presidency in March.

The arguable move cleared the way for Xi, 65, to serve indefinitely as China's head of state, strengthening his grip on power.

China abolished monarchical rule in 1912 when the last emperor of the Qing dynasty, Pu Yi, used to be overthrown to establish the Republic of China.

Xi may be serving as common secretary of the ruling Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

President Trump used to be accorded red-carpet remedy all over his 2017 seek advice from to Beijing, turning into the first overseas chief to dine in the Forbidden City because the founding of modern China.

Speaking from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing ahead of their bilateral meeting, Trump said, "My feeling toward you (President Xi) is an incredibly warm one. As we said, there's great chemistry, and I think we're going to do tremendous things for both China and for the United States. And it is a very, very great honour to be with you. Thank you very much."

After their meeting, Trump instructed Xi, "I want to thank you again — you're a very special man — for your gracious hospitality."

Trump has also hosted Xi at his Mar-a-Lago lodge in Florida in April 2017.

Following Trump's shuttle to China the connection between the 2 nations has grown rockier. Starting early in 2018, Trump began enforcing price lists on billions of bucks' value of Chinese exports to narrow the business deficit, sparking a business warfare.

In his speech to the Republican committee, Trump said that had he not imposed the price lists, the Chinese economy would have stuck up with the United States within years.

"They would have caught us within a short period of time ... within two years, by the end of my term, if you had a normal president ... they would have caught us. But right now it's going to be a long time before they catch us," he claimed.

US and Chinese negotiators were meeting in Beijing and Washington in recent weeks to hammer out a comprehensive business deal between the sector's most sensible two economies.

Trump said his management used to be status up to China's "chronic trade abuses."

"They've taken advantage of our country and you know what, I respect them for it. I say it, we should have been doing that to them," he said.

To force China, america imposed price lists on $250 billion in Chinese items. Beijing retaliated by way of taxing $110 billion in US imports.

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