Pence puts off China speech sequel ahead of Trump-Xi talks

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called off a planned China speech that had been cast as a sequel to a blistering broadside he delivered in October to avoid exacerbating tensions with Beijing before summit talks next week a White House official said. The decision to put off the Monday speech came ahead of what could be a pivotal meeting on the U.S. China trade war between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Osaka Japan next week. The two nations have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each others goods and the Trump Xi meeting is aimed at discussing whether a further escalation can be avoided.

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