US, China to sign trade deal

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(Left) U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Right).

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have a signing ceremony to sign the first phase of the U.S.-China trade deal agreed to this month.

“We will be having a signing ceremony. Yes, we will ultimately when we get together. And we’ll be having a quicker signing because we want to get it done.

“The deal is done; it’s just being translated right now.” Trump told reporters.

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on December 13 that representatives from both countries would sign the Phase 1 trade deal agreement in the first week of January.

Beijing has not yet confirmed specific components of the deal that were released by U.S. officials.

A spokesman for China’s Commerce Ministry said last week the details would be made public after the official signing.

Amaka E. Nliam