China’s faltering economy gives US stronger hand in trade talks, Trump says

As US officials fly to Beijing for negotiations, the president says the Chinese ‘sort of have to’ make a deal on tariffs

Donald Trump has said China’s weakening economic growth puts the United States in a strong position as negotiators from the world’s two largest economies prepare for trade talks on Monday.

US officials are heading to Beijing this weekend for the first face-to-face talks since Trump and China’s president, Xi Jinping, agreed in December to a 90-day truce in the trade war as they sought to strike a deal.

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