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Trump warns China against ‘late’ trade deal as US 2020 election draws closer

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned China against waiting out his first term in office to finalise any trade deal.

Trump added that if he wins re-election in the November 2020 U.S. presidential contest, the outcome could be no agreement or a worse one.

Trump said this in a post on Twitter, as the latest U.S-China trade talks began in Shanghai.

“The problem with them waiting … is that if & when I win, the deal that they get will be much tougher than what we are negotiating now…or no deal at all,” Trump said.

Trump said China appeared to be backing off on a pledge to buy U.S. agricultural products, which U.S. officials have said could be a goodwill gesture and part of any final pact.

“China … was supposed to start buying our agricultural product now – no signs that they are doing so.

“That is the problem with China, they just don’t come through,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

U.S. and Chinese officials restarted negotiations after talks stalled in May in a bid to end a yearlong trade war marked by tit-for-tat tariffs, but must still resolve deep differences, keeping expectations for this week’s two-day meeting low.

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