Trump optimistic about US-China trade talks


US President Donald Trump sounded an optimistic note at the end of the first day of US-China trade talks in Washington DC.

“We had a very, very good negotiation with China,” Mr Trump told reporters after the talks wrapped up.

Mr Trump will meet directly with Vice Premier Liu He at the White House on Friday.

Earlier reports suggested the Chinese delegation might leave after the first day of talks.

Asian markets followed Wall Street higher after Mr Trump’s comments.

Thursday’s talks kicked off amid a backdrop of renewed tensions, as the US blacklisted 28 Chinese entities over human rights concerns.

They were the first high-level negotiations in more than two months.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met Mr Liu and other Chinese officials.

“The Chinese side came with great sincerity, willing to cooperate with the US on the trade balance, market access and investor protection,” Mr Liu told the official Xinhua news agency.




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