Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping to discuss Trump’s trade war: China


Beijing: The bilateral meet between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the SCO summit will be an “important” one where they will discuss the US turning up the heat on both the countries on trade, China’s Vice Foreign Minister said here on Monday. As the US in May took its trade spat with China to the next level by slapping tariffs on its goods worth $200 billion and ended the preferential status for Indian goods earlier this month, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said it had become important to stop Washington from “bullying” countries on trade.  Modi and Xi will have a one-on-one the sidelines of the eight-member countries’ SCO meet from July 12 to 14 in Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek. “Trade protectionism and unilateralism are very much on the rise. How to respond to the bullying practices of the US and also of trade protectionism is an important question,” he said. (IANS)