Kentucky's Governor is meeting Monday night with the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.
Matt Bevin and Cui Tiankai will discuss economic development at the meeting in the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.
The meeting comes at a time of increasingly strained relationships between Washington and Beijing.
President Donald Trump has pursued an aggressive trade policy against China, slapping billions of dollars in tariffs on imported Chinese products, such as solar panels, washing machines, flat-panel televisions, and medical devices.
Trump says the moves are justified on the basis of protecting national security and the intellectual property of U.S. businesses. He says his actions are also an effort to lower the U.S. trade deficit with China.
Beijing has denounced the U.S. tariffs as unfair, and has placed tariffs on 128 products it imports from America.