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Less than two months after his much anticipated visit to China, senior US officials say Donald Trump is expected to label Beijing a competitor on Monday, as the US president rolls out a new national security strategy based on his America first policy. China responded on Monday defending trade with the US as a win-win.
As Reuters' Ben Blanchard reports from Beijing.>> Chinese Foreign Ministry really tried to set the tone for what it views as the beneficial terms of China's trading relationship with the United States. Saying that China-US trade directly or indirectly supports some 2.6 million jobs in the United States. So China really wants to remind the United States ahead of this announcement assuming we do get a strong focus on trade.
That actually the Americans probably shouldn't be complaining so much because actually, this is a very beneficial relationship.>> Trump has praised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping while demanding Beijing put more pressure on North Korea and to changed trade practices, he says, are unfavorable to the US. A charge China denies.
>> China has been extremely upset to any suggestion this just somehow treating Americans badly when it comes to that trading relationship, trying to say, how market is very open to foreign companies. We welcome foreign companies come here, that certainly isn't really what you've been hearing at the moment from certainly the American and the European companies
>> The officials say Monday's speech will see the US president lay out his foreign policy priorities. Such as building up the military, confronting Islamist militants, and realigning trade relationship to make the US more competitive..