SHANGHAI (AP)– Attention is turning to a possible meeting of President Donald Trump with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a summit in Japan later this month as the next step in the vexing trade standoff in between the two greatest economies.

The Chinese federal government would not confirm Tuesday that such a meeting will happen.

” We keep in mind that for some time, the U.S. has made numerous public declarations that it anticipates a conference between the two presidents during the G-20 Osaka Summit,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang informed press reporters in Beijing when inquired about the problem. “We will launch info on this when we have it.”

Trump has imposed 25%tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese exports and is preparing to expand them to cover another $300 billion. Beijing has actually countered with its own vindictive tariff boosts.

Trump desires China to commit to curbing its longstanding, substantial trade surplus with the U.S. The conflict also reflects deeper issues over China’s ambitions to help its own markets get a lead in key technologies such as robotics and expert system.

Nearly a year after Trump began enforcing the higher tariffs to ramp up pressure on Beijing, hopes are concentrated on a possible top-level compromise to break a stalemate in talks that were suspended last month.

Trump said in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday that if Xi does not consult with him at the Group of 20 major economies gathering in Osaka, more U.S. tariffs on Chinese exports may enter into result, though he expects Xi to attend.

No talks are planned in Beijing or Washington before the Osaka event, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters over the weekend.

Each side is blaming the other for the logjam in settlements.

” We do not desire a trade war, however we are not scared of combating one,” Geng said, reiterating earlier declarations. “If the US is all set to have equivalent assessments, our door is wide open. However if it demands intensifying trade frictions, we will react to it with resolution and determination.”

On The Other Hand, at a consumer electronic devices display in business center of Shanghai, a leading executive of telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies hinted that pressure from Washington on other countries to omit it from next-generation, or 5G, telecom networks is taking a toll on its sales.

Huawei rose past Apple to become the No. 2 global smart device brand behind South Korea’s Samsung in 2015, as its total sales surged practically 20%to go beyond $100 billion.

” If we had not come across anything unexpected, we would have ended up being primary worldwide by the 4th quarter,” Huawei’s primary strategist, Shao Yang, said Tuesday at the Customer Electronic Devices Program in Shanghai.

” Today we need to wait a little bit longer to achieve that,” he stated, without referring directly to President Donald Trump or the trade war.

Washington last month put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively disallows U.S. companies from selling to the company without federal government approval. U.S. officials have accused Chinese innovation business such as Huawei of taking trade secrets and threatening cybersecurity– perhaps at the request of the ruling Communist Party.

Chinese authorities state the United States is exaggerating security issues to block a possible rival.

Huawei has denied it would share user tricks with the Chinese government and required that the U.S. provide evidence to show that such a threat exists. Previously, it insisted that the trade friction with Washington was not taking much of a toll on its worldwide company.

But U.S. authorities have actually made it their mission to convince other governments to prevent dealing with Huawei, cautioning that Washington may not share delicate information with allies if they are using Huawei devices and networks that the Washington presumes could be compromised.

Apart from the U.S. pressure, which has actually efficiently shut Huawei out of the world’s most rewarding market, development in smartphone sales overall has been slowing.

And some phone providers, such as Japan’s SoftBank Corp. and KDDI, have actually delayed sales of Huawei brand name smart devices to assess their safety, possibly interfering with earlier projections.

In his comments to the electronics reveal, Shao stated the company will march on in its development of the innovation.

” Individuals see 5G, but we see beyond that,” he said. “Those who are not brave will not advance, they will drag. So everything that we do is to specify our direction in the brand-new round of competitors.”


Associated Press author Yanan Wang and researcher Liu Zheng in Beijing and Elaine Kurtenbach in Bangkok contributed.

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