President Trump said Tuesday that he’ll sign “phase one” of a trade deal with China on Jan. 15 at the White House and will travel to Beijing later in the year for talks on a larger agreement.

“I will be signing our very large and comprehensive Phase One Trade Deal with China on January 15,” Mr. Trump tweeted on the last day of 2019. “The ceremony will take place at the White House. High level representatives of China will be present.”

He added, “At a later date I will be going to Beijing where talks will begin on Phase Two!”

Earlier, the two sides had said the signing would take place in early January, but a date and location hadn’t been set.

Mr. Trump talked earlier of a signing ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but the South China Morning Post reported Monday that Vice Premier Liu He, a top negotiator in the talks, will head a delegation to Washington to sign the trade deal. China’s official press has made no mention of a Trump visit in 2020, and many trade experts predict that future trade deals, focusing on much more contentious issues for Beijing, could be much harder to reach.
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