G20 summit: Trump confirms meeting with China's Xi to discuss trade

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Buenos Aires, Argentina Published: Dec 01, 2018, 11.18 PM(IST)

File photo of US President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Trump also added that the death Friday of Bush, at 94, 'really puts a damper on it, to be honest.'

US President Donald Trump said he will have a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday to discuss trade after the close of the G20 summit in Argentina.

"We will be meeting with President Xi tonight...and we'll be talking about a thing called trade and probably other things but primarily trade. It's a very important meeting," Trump said.

Trump also added that the death Friday of Bush, at 94, "really puts a damper on it, to be honest."

With markets watching nervously, Trump has described the talks as a deadline for China to meet his demands on opening up markets or risk more punitive tariffs.

Trump also said he would work to straighten out the trade imbalance in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Speaking alongside Trump at a joint news conference, Merkel added the two would address issues related to trade and the World Trade Organization, and discuss Ukraine, Syria, and the INF nuclear weapons pact with Russia.

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