Donald Trump claimed China had contacted “our top people”, hinting at a follow-up to last month’s talks, in which the US’ Robert Lighthizer (left) and Steven Mnuchin (centre) met China’s Liu He (right). Photo: AFP

Beijing casts doubt on state of trade talks after Donald Trump says it wanted a deal

  • Foreign ministry ‘not aware’ of weekend phone calls in which US president said China asked to ‘get back to the table’
  • The two sides are in contact only at a technical level, state media editor says
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Donald Trump claimed China had contacted “our top people”, hinting at a follow-up to last month’s talks, in which the US’ Robert Lighthizer (left) and Steven Mnuchin (centre) met China’s Liu He (right). Photo: AFP
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US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after their joint news conference at the Group of Seven summit meeting on Monday in Biarritz. Photo: AP

US President Donald Trump says he believes China sincerely seeks a trade deal

  • Trump, in news conference at end of Group of Seven summit, seems to overestimate stature of China’s lead negotiator Liu He
  • G7 issues brief statement on Hong Kong, reaffirming ‘importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984’
Topic |   US-China trade war

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US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after their joint news conference at the Group of Seven summit meeting on Monday in Biarritz. Photo: AP
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