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Xi calls on the US, China to redouble trade deal efforts in letter to Trump



 President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2019.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on February 22, 2019.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an optimistic message to the President Donald Trump in a letter Friday, calling on the US and China to redouble their efforts to meet the halfway deal on a trade deal that has been the subject of high-level bilateral talks this week in Washington.

Liu echoed Trump's outlook, saying that a deal was "very likely" from China's perspective.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who also attended the Oval Office meeting, said the negotiations had moved forward, but noted that "a few very big hurdles" remained.

Trump also said that he would be willing to extend the March 1 deadline previously set for the trade talks to conclude, "if I see a significant progress being made." He added, "If we're doing well, I could see extending that."

While the two sides are still far from reconciling their disputes over forced technology transfers and what the U.S. According to CNBC, China has committed to buying $ 1.2 trillion in U.S. goods.

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