Trump at ease with any outcome in chat with Xi

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump views this week’s meeting in Japan with Chinese President Xi Jinping as a chance to see where Beijing stands on the two countries’ trade war, and is “comfortable with any outcome” from the talks, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, Reuters reports.

The senior administration official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, declined to give details about plans for the meeting, other than to say it would likely happen on the second day of the Friday-Saturday summit in Osaka.

“It’s really just an opportunity for the president to maintain his engagement as he has very closely with his Chinese counterpart. Even as trade frictions persist, he’s got the opportunity to see where the Chinese side is since the talks last left off,” the official said. 

“The president is quite comfortable with any outcome,” the official added.

The Trump administration has accused China of failing to protect intellectual property, forcing U.S. companies to transfer technology to Chinese partners and failing to provide a level playing field for U.S. companies.

Talks between the United States and China broke down in May after the U.S. side accused China of backing away from previously agreed commitments.