President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first official address on “beauty and beauty tourism” in China this month.
“The beauty industry has been booming,” Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times.
Trump said he has seen “beautiful Chinese beauty products” and has been impressed with the “beautifully crafted” fashion brands in China.
He said he will deliver his speech in Beijing at a luxury hotel in the Chinese city of Changsha on April 26.
The United States is the only Western nation with an embassy in China and Trump has been critical of Beijing for its treatment of dissidents and the death penalty.
During his election campaign, Trump promised to end “beautify tourism” by China, saying it was costing the United States $US50 billion.
In the past year, Trump has also criticised Beijing for not enforcing the death sentence against an American blogger, a decision that drew widespread criticism and prompted the State Department to issue a warning.
China, Trump said, “doesn’t respect our people and doesn’t respect human rights”.
“I want to be able to tell China, ‘You don’t like what I’m doing.
You can do it another way’,” Trump said.
Ahead of the speech, Chinese authorities have announced that Trump will be attending a summit with President Xi Jinping and other leaders in China’s Shangri-La City in April, which is to include talks on “cleanliness and clean air”.
China’s state media said the summit would also focus on the “cure for infectious diseases”.
Trump will not have a formal meeting with Xi, the two-time world leader who will preside over the G20 meeting, but will instead meet Xi and other top leaders.
Xi will be in China for the summit, which will be attended by the heads of the world’s largest economies, including the US, Russia and China.