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No plans yet for US, China presidents to meet on trade

AP  |  Washington 

There are no plans yet for and Chinese to meet soon in hope of finalising a trade deal, said.

and are leading a team to next week to continue the talks, but nothing is yet on the books for a Trump-Xi meeting.

"I can tell you there's nothing planned at this time for it, but the has talked about potentially meeting with President Xi and we'll see what progress we make next week," said.

The US and are in the midst of talks aimed at resolving a costly trade war, and Trump has said a comprehensive agreement is unlikely to be inked until he meets with his Chinese counterpart.

Trump and Xi last met in December in

The president hiked tariffs on USD 250 billion of Chinese goods over complaints that it steals or pressures US companies to hand over technology in return for market access. The US has said it will further boost tariffs on USD 200 billion of those goods unless an agreement is reached by a March 2 deadline.

Trump announced in his address on Tuesday that he and North Korea's will meet on February 27-28 in Vietnam, which borders China, to discuss nuclear issues. The trip will put Trump in the region just before the March cutoff date.

Mnuchin said officials were focused on next week's talks and meeting the deadline.

Trump is involved in the negotiations "in a very detailed way," Mnuchin said, receiving weekly and sometimes daily updates from the economic team.

"If there are remaining issues that we can't get closed, I think President Trump expects that he's going to sit down with President Xi and address those issues," Mnuchin said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 17:20 IST