WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month and that he expected their discussions would be “very fruitful,” as the trade war between the world’s two largest economies intensified.
Earlier, China announced it would impose higher tariffs on a range of U.S. goods including frozen vegetables and liquefied natural gas, a move that followed Washington’s decision last week to hike its own levies on $200 billion in Chinese imports.
Trump had warned Beijing not to retaliate.
The U.S. president said he would meet Xi at a G20 summit in Japan in late June.
“We’re dealing with them. We have a very good relationship,” Trump said in remarks at the White House. “Maybe something