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Donald Trump reports ‘very good’ phone call on trade with China’s Xi Jinping

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he’d just had “very good” talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the growing trade conflict between the two economic giants.

“Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China. We talked about many subjects, with a heavy emphasis on Trade,” Trump tweeted.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump. File photo: White House.

Trump said trade talks were “moving along nicely” and that meetings were “being scheduled” at the G20 summit planned in Buenos Aires at the end of this month.

Trump said he and Xi also had “a good discussion on North Korea.”

Washington and Beijing are in an increasingly high-stakes standoff over Trump’s aggressive move to end what he says have been years of unfair trade practices by China, including rampant intellectual property theft, forced technology transfers and market access barriers.

Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping. File photo: S.Africa Gov’t.

Trump imposed new tariffs on roughly half of Chinese imports this summer while Beijing fired back with tariffs on most US products.

Donald Trump reports 'very good' phone call on trade with China's Xi Jinping