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Chinese President Xi Jinping could travel to US to sign trade deal in June

China’s President Xi Jinping could meet his American counterpart Donald Trump in Washington as early as June if the two sides can finalise a deal to end the trade war, according to a source familiar with the arrangements.

The news comes after US President Trump said that Xi would visit the White House “soon”. The source told the South China Morning Post that Xi was open to the idea of travelling to the US immediately after the two sides reached a deal, so that he and Trump could sign the pact face-to-face.

The trip may be “either be a grand state visit or a relatively low-key working visit”, the person said. Reaching a deal on trade would bring to an end a near year-long dispute between the world’s two largest economies and help to defuse tensions over their rivalry on technology, geopolitics and even people to people exchanges.

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