Xi Jinping, Donald Trump to hold dinner meeting on December 1

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump will hold a dinner meeting during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1, according to a source from the Chinese delegation, with the US president saying that there are "some good signs" for reaching a trade agreement.

The message, obtained by Sino-US.com reporter Xu Yifan who is in the Argentine capital for the G20 summit, is in line with a previous statement by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who revealed on November 27 that Trump holds a positive attitude toward reaching a trade agreement with Xi at a dinner during the G20 summit on the condition that certain requirements are met.

The dinner meeting will be almost a closed-door affair, where Xi and Trump will discuss issues that divide China and the United States.

The announcement of the dinner meeting has surprised global media, which thought that the two countries could release a detailed agenda for the presidential summit, implying that a comprehensive agreement aimed at thoroughly solving all the issues is unlikely to be reached during the dinner that will last for one and a half hours.

Xi and Trump attended the G20 leaders' summit on November 30, where Xi reiterated his stance to maintain the multilateral trade mechanism that will benefit all the parties. On the contrary, the White House said that the agreements Trump will sign during the G20 summit is based on whether these deals can bring prosperity to the United States.

On November 30, Trump held bilateral meetings with Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He signed the new US Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA, with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on the same day. The new agreement will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

At the same time, Xi met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The UN secretary-general held a meeting on November 30 with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The three leaders expressed the hope that the G20 summit would give a political impetus to the success of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), which will be the most important talks on climate change since the Paris climate agreement in 2015, which the United States has withdrawn from.

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