US President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will not meet in Santiago next month, but their countries’ trade negotiators will talk on Friday. Photo: AFP

Trade war: China and US to hold phone talks on Friday after Apec setback

  • Chile pulls out of hosting Apec summit, at which Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump planned to meet
  • Cancellation could allow more time to strike better trade deal, which need not require a presidential summit, observers say
Topic |   US-China trade war

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US President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will not meet in Santiago next month, but their countries’ trade negotiators will talk on Friday. Photo: AFP
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Xi and Trump were expected to meet immediately after the Apec summit to sign a “phase one” trade deal. Photo: AFP

Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war agreement signing into question

  • Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November
  • But unrest in Chile has led to the cancellation of the meeting as well as December’s COP25 UN climate change conference
Topic |   US-China relations

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Xi and Trump were expected to meet immediately after the Apec summit to sign a “phase one” trade deal. Photo: AFP
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