Trump has regularly said current trade practices are unfair and hurting American companies and jobs, and has threatened to impose import tariffs to the tune of $150 billion on Chinese goods.
Imports expanded 12.9 percent year-on-year in dollar terms, leaving the country's global trade surplus for the month at $28.8 billion, a turnaround from a $5 billion deficit the month before.
USA officials traveled to Beijing last week for talks with their Chinese counterparts to resolve the issue but made little progress.
Xi's top economic adviser, Liu He, who headed the Chinese side during the Beijing talks, is expected to visit Washington for the meetings next week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday. "The president has a great relationship with President Xi", Sanders said.
China is now embroiled in a months-long brawl with the United States over trade. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Larry Kudlow, and Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro were all on the trip.
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In the first four months of the year, China's surplus with the United States totalled USD80.4 billion, a 13% increase over the same period last year.
Trade discussions between China and the US have intensified as Trump has targeted the trade imbalance between the two countries and insufficient intellectual property protections in China. For January-April, it rose to US$80.4 billion, compared with about US$71 billion in the same period past year.
The negotiations could head off the threatened USA tariffs targeting $150 billion in imports from, while China has warned $50 billion in goods are in the firing line.
China on Tuesday called for USA trade talks to be conducted on an equal footing, as Beijing's top economic official is due in Washington next week for more discussions on a dispute that could trigger tariffs on billions of dollars of goods this month.
Economists at ANZ said some Chinese exporters might be accelerating electronics shipments amid the tariff threats.