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Trump says Xi meeting at G20 'scheduled'

Trump says Xi meeting at G20 'scheduled'

FILE PHOTO - U.S President Donald Trump delivers a speech during the commemoration ceremony for the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday (Jun 10) said he still expects to talk with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit, warning he will impose new tariffs if there is no meeting.

"Yes it would," Trump told CNBC television when asked if a failure by Xi to come to the summit later this month in Japan would lead to the huge new tariffs kicking in.

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But Trump said the meeting was "scheduled" and "I think he will go."

"I would be surprised if he didn't go," Trump added. "I think he's going, I havent heard that he's not. We're expected to meet."

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, meanwhile, says he had "no information at present" on Trump-Xi talks.

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Trump has been trying to strongarm China into a major change on trade policies that the president argues have for decades put the United States at an unfair disadvantage.

The two biggest economies in the world seemed to be close to striking a bargain until talks stalled last month. Washington says that Beijing walked away at the last minute, while the Chinese side has signalled it is increasingly prepared for a long fight.

Trump has already imposed 25 per cent duties on US$200 billion of Chinese imports. China has responded with punitive tariffs on US$60 billion in US goods.

Trump says he is ready to slap tariffs on a further US$300 billion in Chinese imports if no breakthrough is achieved.

The G20 summit will take place in Osaka on Jun 28 to 29.

Source: AFP/aa


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