And he was welcomed with open arms: Trump's reception in the Chinese capital on Wednesday was complete with Chinese schoolchildren on the tarmac waving US and Chinese flags and others later uttering "I love you" to the US President.
Since Trump's election in 2016, critics among Chinese internet users have mockingly described American governance as "rule by Twitter".
Writing in response to questions submitted by Bloomberg News, Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said the first-ever China International Import Expo (CIIE), to be held November 5 to 10, 2018 in Shanghai, is a signal that President Xi Jinping is following through on pledges to further open China's economy.
Ulyanov also criticised the Trump administration for putting at risk the nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the pact was virtually doomed to collapse if the U.S. walks away from it. Trump last month disavowed the 2015 accord to curb Iran's nuclear program that was negotiated between Tehran and the U.S., Russia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and China.
Trump could also use an alternative temporary phone as another way to avoid the risk of compromising his smartphone in a country which is often accused of hacking.
During the two-night stay in Beijing, Trump will hold his third meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, following the Mar-a-Lago visit by Xi in April and G20 talks in June.
"And of course, China is doing much more than it's ever done in the past, but it's not the time for complacency or for allowing people to slip through loopholes and for a lot of that residual activity to continue", the official continued". He seems to have entirely abandoned his plans to label China a currency manipulator.
Donald Trump will receive an honor in Beijing not granted to any US President since the founding of the People's Republic of China: official dinner inside the Forbidden City.
"We're having a great time", Trump told reporters.
While a senior White House official insisted earlier this week that Trump would make no trade-offs on his trade agenda in order to elicit more support from China in pressuring North Korea, Trump himself has signaled a willingness to make concessions on trade in exchange for stepped up pressure on Pyongyang from Beijing.
China poured on the pomp and pageantry for Trump's arrival.
For now, Chu says he is cautiously optimistic about Trump and Xi's personal relationship.
But some United States experts said it is unlikely Xi will make concessions on issues involving free speech even if Trump does raise them.
In a softening of his earlier harsh rhetoric toward North Korea, Trump said on Tuesday during a visit to South Korea that the regime in Pyongyang should "come to the table" and make a deal on its nuclear programme.
Last year, a man who wrote a Weibo post critical of China's decades-old land reform policies on a local traffic police account was sentenced to a year in prison, reports said.
She added that "the biggest fear of the human rights community isn't that Trump will be silent about China's Internet controls and human rights record, but that he might say things that could be construed by the Chinese government and state-controlled media as supportive of Xi's approach".
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. He merely wanted to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip to get better terms of trade with China.
Two have overflown Japan, and Pyongyang says it can mount a nuclear warhead on a rocket with the USA mainland within range.
Both issues are prioritized in China as well.