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China Says Xi-Trump Phone Call ‘Extremely Positive’

China Says Xi-Trump Phone Call ‘Extremely Positive’

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping had an “extremely positive” phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump about trade and other issues, the foreign ministry said Friday.
The two leaders agreed to “strengthen economic exchanges,” said a ministry spokesman, Lu Kang. He gave no indication whether they made progress on settling an escalating tariff war over Beijing’s technology policy.
Trump said earlier on Twitter that he and Xi had a “very good” conversation.
“I agree, this phone conversation was an extremely positive phone conversation,” Lu said at a regular briefing.
Trump has imposed penalty tariffs of up to 25 percent on $250 billion of Chinese goods in a dispute over Beijing’s plans for state-led development of technology industries. Washington, Europe and other trading partners say those violate China’s market-opening obligations and some American officials worry they might erode U.S. industrial leadership. (AP)