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President Donald Trump, under pressure to scale back a U.S.-China trade war partly blamed for a global economic slowdown, claimed today (Aug. 26) that the two sides will begin serious negotiations soon.

The Washington Post reported that Trump said his trade negotiators had received two “very good calls” from China Sunday. Trump claimed the Sunday evening conversations were a sign China is serious about making a deal.

“I think we’re going to have a deal, because now we’re dealing on proper terms. They understand and we understand,” Trump said as he met with Egypt’s president on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in France.

“This is the first time I’ve seen them where they really want to make a deal. And I think that’s a very positive step,” Trump added.

Trump declined to identify those involved in the most recent conversation and whether he is in direct contact with President Xi Jinping. Trump added Monday that the two sides will begin ‘talking very seriously,” saying that after the calls he believes the Chinese “mean business.”

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