A Trump administration official told Axios that the US has made progress on trade with China.
The White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the administration is working on a number of areas, including on trade, energy, trade barriers and other issues.
The official spoke on the condition of notifying Axios and the Trump transition team about the private conversation.
The administration official added that the official did not believe that the conversation was in any way related to the administration’s agenda or policy goals.
Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20.
The first official visit to China by a sitting US president has been held by Barack Obama in January 2009.
China has been a close ally of the US and is viewed as a key rival in the Asia-Pacific region.
In November, President Xi Jinping met with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
In his first major international trip as president, Trump has made clear he wants a more assertive stance in the region and is considering launching a military strike against North Korea if the country does not stop pursuing nuclear weapons.