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China and U.S. to Push Back Trump-Xi Meeting to At Least April

Posted March 14, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jenny Leonard, Jennifer Jacobs & Jeffrey Black – Bloomberg)

A meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping to sign an agreement to end their trade war won’t occur this month and is more likely to happen in April at the earliest, three people familiar with the matter said.

Despite claims of progress in talks by both sides, a hoped-for summit at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort will now take place at the end of April if it happens at all, according to one of the people. China is pressing for a formal state visit rather than a lower-key appearance just to sign a trade deal, the person said.

Xi’s staff have scrapped planning for a potential flight to the U.S. following a trip to Europe later this month, a separate person said. The people asked not to be named as the details are private. Click here to read more.