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Trump says to meet Xi, Putin at G-20 summit in Osaka

  • May 14, 2019
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will have separate meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit slated for late June in Osaka.

 

In the meetings, Trump is expected to focus on denuclearization of North Korea and the possibility of drawing up a nuclear arms control agreement involving the United States, Russia and China. Trade is likely to dominate the Trump-Xi summit.

 

As part of a flurry of diplomacy as host of the June 28-29 summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to hold talks with Trump for the third straight month.

 

Referring to the talks with Xi, which come amid heightened tensions in U.S.-China trade, Trump told reporters at the White House that he thinks it will be “probably a very fruitful meeting.”

 

On Friday, the Trump administration raised U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent, in the biggest escalation yet in Washington’s tit-for-tat trade war with Beijing.

 

“We’re taking in tens of billions of dollars. We’ve never done that before with China,” Trump said. “There can be some retaliation, but it can’t be very, very substantial, by comparison.”

 

In retaliation for the U.S. tariff hike, China said Monday it will increase levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products to a maximum 25 percent from 10 percent, starting June 1.

 

In a further escalation of the dispute, the Trump administration on Monday unveiled a plan to impose U.S. tariffs of up to 25 percent on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese products.

 

A list of Chinese products that would be subject to the new tariffs extends to 3,805 items, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

 

Meanwhile, Trump has called for negotiations for a three-way nuclear arms control accord after he withdrew the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 pact with Russia that the administration regards as outdated in the absence of China and other nuclear powers.

 

The United States and its allies have grown concerned that China is gaining a significant military advantage in the Asia-Pacific by developing missiles with ranges beyond the pact’s limit.

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