Trump, Xi to Meet as Trade War Wears On

Officials say meeting will take place at G20 summit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2018 3:40 PM CDT
In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump China's President Xi Jinping arrive for the state dinner with the first ladies at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.   (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP, File)

(Newser) – Amid a continued trade dispute between their two countries, President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, plan to meet next month at the Group of 20 leaders’ summit in Buenos Aires. Officials say the Trump administration notified Beijing in recent days that plans for a meeting at the multilateral summit should go forward, the Wall Street Journal reports; there had been doubt in recent months over whether it would be held as planned. The Journal notes that as the US has imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow have been pushing for negotiations between the two countries. Next month's meeting will be the first direct talks since August, the Washington Post reports.

Trump talked about the tariffs on Fox & Friends Thursday, the New York Post notes. "They want to negotiate, they want to negotiate badly, but I told them, ‘You’re not ready yet. You’re not ready yet,'" he said of China. "I put $250 billion worth of taxes, or tariffs, on China and it’s had a big impact. If you look at their economy now, it’s a whole different ball game. Their economy has gone down very substantially. And I have a lot more to do if I want to do it and I don’t want to do but they have to come to the table." (Read more Xi Jinping stories.)

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