China, on Wednesday admitted that positive outcomes were possible in trade negotiations with the United States, after the presidents of the world’s two largest economies agreed to revive their troubled talks at a G20 meeting this month.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. China, which previously declined to say whether the two leaders would get together, confirmed the meeting.
The two countries are in the middle of a costly trade dispute that has put pressure on financial markets and damaged the global economy.
Talks to reach a broad deal broke down last month after U.S. officials accused China of backing away from agreed commitments. Interaction since then has been limited, and Trump has threatened to put more tariffs on Chinese products in an escalation that businesses in both countries want to avoid.
Speaking at a daily news briefing, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said it was important to find a solution that was acceptable to both sides.
“I’m not getting ahead of myself, but communication over four decades shows it is possible to achieve positive outcomes,” he said.
Lu said he could not give an exact agenda for the meeting.
“The two leaders will talk about whatever they want,” he said. “A deal is not only in the interests of the two peoples, but meets the aspirations of the whole world.”
Frontpage February 18, 2019