Trump’s announcement of the meeting with Xi came after the President, earlier on Monday morning, warned that China would be “hurt very badly” if a deal to end the year-long trade war between Washington and Beijing was not reached.
In a series of tweets, he said: “I say openly to President Xi and all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don’t make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries.
“Too expensive to buy in China. You had a great deal, almost completed and you backed out.”
Shortly after the tweets, China announced tariffs on $60 billion in US exports from June 1, in a tit-for-tat response to Washington increasing levies on Chinese products last week.
China’s Ministry of Finance said the additional tariffs will range from 5 per cent to 25 per cent on 5,140 products.On May 10, the Trump administration hiked tariffs from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on $200 billion in Chinese exports, while Chinese negotiators were still in Washington for the trade talks which broke out the same day.
The breakdown punctured several weeks of steadily rising optimism that the two sides were nearing a final agreement.