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Trump Says No Trade Deal Will be Final Until He Meets With Xi

Posted January 31, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Laura Curtis & Shawn Donnan – Bloomberg)

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet China’s top trade negotiator in the Oval Office on Thursday for high-level talks, with little indication that Beijing will bend to American demands to deepen economic reforms.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will lead a second and final day of negotiations with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the highest-level talks since Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Dec. 1 and declared a 90-day truce to reach a lasting deal to end the trade war. Trump is scheduled to meet Liu at 3:30 p.m., according to an email of his schedule from the White House.

“Meetings are going well with good intent and spirit on both sides,” Trump said in a post on Twitter on Thursday, adding that they’re trying to reach a comprehensive deal. “No final deal will be made until my friend President Xi, and I, meet in the near future to discuss and agree on some of the long standing and more difficult points.” Click here to read more.