White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow confirmed on Tuesday that US president Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will meet at the G-20 summit, which will take place in Buenos Aires between November 30 and December 1.
This announcement comes at a time of extreme tension between the countries including disputes about the South China Sea, Taiwan, internment camps in Xinjiang, allegations of China stealing US technology, espionage accusations and a massive trade war that has been going on for the better part of a year. It will be their first meeting in almost a year since the trade war began between the two superpowers.
The situation is currently in gridlock as the US waits for China to make a response to what Kudlow referred to as the US’ “asks.” Until the meeting, the two countries will continue to debate solutions to their many disputes.
Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank with close links to Trump, said that the two countries “are trying to have a framework [of a solution] coming out of the meeting.”