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Trump presses advantage in bold gambit in US-China trade talks

US President Donald Trump responds to a question from the news media following his remarks on ending surprise medical billing in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, on May 9, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

WASHINGTON - US-China trade talks wound up on Friday (May 10) morning in Washington cordially, with no talk of collapse. But that could merely be putting a brave face on something like a collapse - though the outcome was not unexpected given President Donald Trump's assertion that China had reneged on what it had agreed on previously.

This was apparently, over China codifying its commitments in law - which would make it difficult to renege in the future. China countered that no such agreement had been made.

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