China hoping Trump-Xi meeting will help bridge differences

31
China hoping Trump-Xi meeting will help bridge differences
A woman browses her photo after taking with her friend near the American latest animated film "Toy Story 4" promotion decoration on display at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. China says its trade negotiators are talking to their U.S. counterparts on how to resolve disputes ahead of an expected meeting between their two heads of state at the G20 meeting in Japan later this week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign ministry says it hopes a meeting later this week between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will help build trust and resolve “outstanding issues.”

Spokesman Geng Shuang gave no details at a daily briefing on Tuesday but there are hopes the planned encounter at the G-20 summit in Japan will help lower the temperature in the trade war between the two largest economies.

As part of preparations, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke by phone Monday with the top Chinese negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He.

Geng said China remained committed to working with the U.S. to development relations “based on coordination and cooperation.”

Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on 50 billion in Chinese imports and China has retaliated with tariffs on U.S. goods.