The US and China will hold talks on Friday, the latest sign that relations between Washington and Beijing might be thawing. The meeting comes before the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina starting in late November. Presidents Xi and Trump spoke by phone last week on the heels of a bitter trade battle that has hurt China’s economy and US soy farmers, warship encounters in the South China Sea, and accusations of election meddling. Both sides expressed optimism that a deal could be reached.
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WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States and China will hold a delayed top-level security dialogue on Friday, the latest sign of a thaw in relations, as China’s vice president said Beijing was willing to talk with Washington to resolve their bitter trade dispute.
U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. Damir Sagolj: “It’s one of those “how to make a better or at least different shot when two presidents shake hands several times a day, several days in row”. If I’m not mistaken in calculation, presidents Xi Jinping of China and Donald Trump of the U.S. shook their hands at least six times in events I covered during Trump’s recent visit to China. I would imagine there were some more handshakes I haven’t seen but other photographers did. And they all look similar – two big men, smiling and heartily greeting each other until everyone gets their shot. But then there is always something that can make it special – in this case the background made of U.S. and Chinese flags. They shook hands twice in front of it, and the first time it didn’t work for me. The second time I positioned myself lower and centrally, and used the longest lens I have to capture only hands reaching for a handshake.” REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo SEARCH “POY TRUMP” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “REUTERS POY” FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The resumption of high-level dialogue, marked by a phone call last week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, comes ahead of an expected meeting between the two at the G20 summit in Argentina starting in late November.
It follows months of recriminations spanning trade, U.S. accusations of Chinese political interference, the disputed South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan.
China and the United States have both described last week’s telephone call between Xi and Trump as positive. Trump predicted he’d be able to make a deal with China on trade.