WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are weighing the possibility of another face-to-face meeting in the first half of 2019, sources say, if progress can be made in the trade talks that begin Monday in Beijing.
The talks come after a turbulent first week of the year, which saw stock markets across the world fall sharply in response to weak economic data, but also recover in some markets on hints of positive news. Both Trump and Xi are concerned about the trade war's impact on their economies and will be looking for a way to break the impasse.
"The China talks are going very well," Trump told reporters on Sunday at the White House, when asked about the upcoming talks in Beijing. "I really believe they want to make a deal," he said, noting that the weakness in China's economy "gives them a great incentive to negotiate."