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13 April


Negotiations between the US and China to end within a month

Trump initiated a possible summit with Xi Jinping in Washington

Photo: Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday met with China's top trade envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, at the White House, saying that a deal could be reached in about four weeks, in which case a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping would be held in Washington.

"Within the four weeks - or maybe less, maybe more, whatever it takes - something very monumental could be announced," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office ahead of his meeting with Liu.

Liu said that although the two countries still have remaining issues to negotiate, "hopefully we'll get a good result."

Trump's suggestion of hosting Xi in Washington was a concession made by the U.S. side. The Americans had initially proposed holding the summit at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, but the Chinese side had requested an official visit to Washington or a neutral location in a third country.