U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania visit the Forbidden City with ChinaÕs President Xi Jinping and ChinaÕs First Lady Peng Liyuan in Beijing, China, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
BEIJING- 8 November 2017: US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing on 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, CNBC reported.
The three-day trip is Trump's first visit to the country since he took office in January.
He is the first head of state to visit China since the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The five-yearly congress ended on Oct 24.
Trump heaped more praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping before touching down in Beijing but he also used a speech in Seoul on Wednesday morning to urge China to do more to rein in its Cold War-era ally.
The Trump administration sees Beijing as the key to controlling North Korea, which depends on China for its economic survival and for 90 per cent of its trade.
A senior White House official said will ask China to cut its financial links with North Korea and to abide by UN sanctions when meeting President Xi in Beijing.