Trump Reportedly Plans "Meeting Plus Dinner" With Chinese President

President Donald Trump’s anticipated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina later this month includes an invitation to dinner, according to a report from the South China Morning Post.

The SCMP said Xi has tentatively accepted Trump’s offer to host a dinner, with the “meeting plus dinner” seen as an upgrade from the originally scheduled chat on the sidelines of the summit in Buenos Aires beginning November 30th.

People familiar with the arrangements told the SCMP the dinner between the two leaders could offer more time and a better atmosphere for talks.

The report from the SCMP comes after Trump said in a post on Twitter on Thursday that he had a “very good” conversation with Xi about trade.

“Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China. We talked about many subjects, with a heavy emphasis on Trade,” Trump tweeted.

“Those discussions are moving along nicely with meetings being scheduled at the G-20 in Argentina,” he added. “Also had good discussion on North Korea!”

While a report from Bloomberg indicated Trump has asked key U.S. officials to begin drafting potential terms of a trade deal with China, senior administration officials have denied an agreement is imminent.

Trump’s chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow told CNBC there has been “no massive movement to deal with China.”

“We’re doing a normal, routine run-through of things that we’ve already put together and normal preparation,” Kudlow said. “We’re not on the cusp of a deal.”

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