Trump claims there’s a ‘chance’ of a deal with China’s Xi when the two meet next week as markets soar on hopes of trade war ending
- President Donald Trump claimed there is a ‘chance’ of a trade deal being made with Chinese President Xi Jinping at next week’s G-20 meeting in Japan
- ‘I have a very good relationship with President XI. We’ll see what happens. I think we have a chance. China wants a deal,’ he said
- Trump said officials from both countries would start talks Wednesday
- ‘Frankly our people are starting to deal as of tomorrow,’ he said
- The two leaders spoke on the phone Tuesday to discuss the trade war
- Stocks rose on Wall Street Tuesday at the news as investors look for a positive sign the two nations are moving forward in negotiations
President Donald Trump said Tuesday his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping is ‘a very good one’ and noted there is a ‘chance’ of a trade deal being made at next week’s G-20 meeting in Japan.
‘I have a very good relationship with President XI. We’ll see what happens. I think we have a chance. China wants a deal. They don’t like the tariffs. A lot of companies are leaving China in order to avoid the tariffs,’ he told reporters at the White House before he left for Florida.
‘I think that is working out pretty much as I anticipated it would,’ he said.
‘China very much wants to discuss the future and so do we. So the relationship with President XI a very good one. We had a long talk this morning,’ he added.
‘We’ll see what happens,’ he noted.
President Donald Trump claimed there is a ‘chance’ of a trade deal being made with Chinese President Xi Jinping at next week’s G-20 meeting in Japan
President Trump said ahead of next week’s meeting between the two leaders, their teams would start trade talks – which broke down last month – on Wednesday.
‘I think the meeting might go well. Frankly our people are starting to deal as of tomorrow, the team is starting to deal. We’ll see. China would like to make the deal. We would like to make the deal but it has to be a good deal for everybody,’ he said.
The news of Trump’s morning phone call with Xi sent stocks soaring on Tuesday as did his announcement he’ll meet his Chinese counterpart at next week’s G-20 meeting in Japan.
The two leaders spoke on the phone Tuesday morning to discuss ongoing trade negotiations between Washington D.C. and Beijing – a topic they will pick up on in Osaka at the end of the month.
‘Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China,’ the president wrote on Twitter.
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (seen here in Beijing in November 2017) will meet at next week’s G-20 meeting in Japan
President Trump said the two leaders have a very good phone conversation Tuesday morning
‘We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan. Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting.’
On their call, the two men discussed ‘the importance of leveling the playing field for U.S. farmers, workers, and businesses through a fair and reciprocal economic relationship,’ according to a White House readout of the conversation.
‘It’s a good call. i guess you look at the rally, the stock market, I think the market says talk is better than no talk,’ White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters at the White House. ‘No guarantees.’
But he declined to specify what would exactly be on the agenda.
‘It’s really hard to say and I don’t want to speculate. The two leaders will talk.’
He added: ‘The fact that they’re meeting means they’re meeting. That’s all I can say. Kudlow rule: better to talk than not to talk, most of the time.’
Meanwhile, stock prices rose on Wall Street after Trump tweeted about his conversation.
Investors are watching for any kind of positive movement between the nations in their trade war. And Wall Street is praying Trump doesn’t go through on his threat expand his tariffs to $300 billion on goods from China.
China’s state-run TV said Xi was looking forward to the meeting.
Talks between the US and China in its trade war broke down last month
‘As the two largest economies in the world, China and the United States should play a leading role in promoting positive outcomes of the Osaka Summit of the Group of Twenty and injecting confidence and vitality into the global market,’ it quoted Xi as saying.
‘I would like to meet with Mr. President during the Osaka Summit of the leaders of the Group of Twenty to exchange views on fundamental issues related to the development of Sino-US relations.’
Washington has already imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods.
In response, China raised tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.
Talks between the two countries broke down last month but hopes were high Trump and Xi would talk when both are in Japan.