United States President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping are set to meet on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, amid pressure from world leaders for the two to iron out differences.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Trump said he was looking forward to a very exciting day.
“We’ll see what happens and what comes out of it. It will be a very exciting day, I’m sure,” he was quoted as saying.
The Trump administration dismissed speculation that China had set conditions for the meeting, dismissing the reports as baseless.
Those familiar with preparations for the meeting that is expected to centre on trade between the two economic powerhouses said US and Chinese trade teams met on Friday in Osaka ahead of the two leaders’ meeting.
Ahead of the meeting, pressure has been filed by other leaders for them to reach a trade deal or risk setting the global economy on a downward path.
Among those to urge the two to agree were Russian president Vladimir Putin, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and European president Jean-Claude Juncker who all filed pressure on the two to settle their differences.
Already, there is tension over Chinese mobile technology firm, Huawei that has been sanctioned by the US.
Huawei is also fighting back, creating a serious fight.