China stays silent on G20 Xi-Trump meeting, but says door open for talks



Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Kim Coghill | Reutters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is open for more trade talks with Washington but has nothing to announce about a possible meeting between the Chinese and U.S. leaders at this month’s G20 summit, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he is getting ready to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Osaka summit at the end of June, but China has not confirmed it.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that the leaders’ meeting has some parallels with their Buenos Aires summit last December, which saw Washington postpone a tariff hike while the two sides resumed negotiations.

Speaking in Beijing at a daily news briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang again would not confirm such a meeting.

But Geng said China has noticed that recently the U.S. side has said many times it hopes to arrange a Xi-Trump meeting then.

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