FILE PHOTO – China’s President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) and Mongolia’s President Khaltmaagiin Battulga (not pictured) on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan June 14, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Japan next week, state-run Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, giving the first official confirmation of his attendance at a gathering where he is expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.
The G20 summit will be held in the city of Osaka on June 27-29. Xinhua did not give further details.
Xi’s meeting with Trump could be pivotal to getting negotiations back on track to de-escalate the U.S.-China trade war.
Reporting by Tina Qiao and Kevin Yao; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore