Washington, Jan 4 (AFP) President Donald Trump said Friday he is confident Washington and Beijing will reach a deal to bring to a close the months-long trade dispute that has roiled global financial markets.

“I think we will make a deal with China,” Trump said at the White House, and noted that talks are underway with China “at the highest levels.” With the Chinese economy slowing “I really think they want to (reach an agreement). I think they sort of have to,” he told reporters.

A US delegation is due to travel to Beijing to hold negotiations Monday, but Trump said he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have been actively engaged in the talks. AFP RAX

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