February 7, 2020 / 4:19 AM / 5 months ago

Trump, Xi reaffirm backing for Phase 1 of U.S.-China trade deal

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with China's President Xi Jinping at the start of their bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed confidence in China’s strength and resilience in confronting its coronavirus outbreak during a conversation with President Xi Jinping on Thursday, a White House spokesman said.

The two leaders agreed to continue extensive communication and cooperation between both sides, the spokesman, Judd Deere, added.

Trump and Xi also reaffirmed their commitment to implementing Phase 1 of the trade deal between the United States and China, he added.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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