Collapse of Trump-Kim summit adds ‘element of uncertainty’ to U.S.-China trade talks, this expert says

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China’s President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump at a G-20 meeting in 2017.

The failed summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “injected an element of uncertainty” to the outlook of a U.S.-China trade deal, said Derek Scissors, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute.

Prior to the summit, Scissors said it seemed clear the U.S. and China trade talks were on track toward an agreement, and Trump was effusive in his praise of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the runup to the North Korea talks.

Now, this calculus could be upset, especially if the president detects China played a role in his failed talks in Hanoi, Scissors said Thursday during a presentation at the National Association for Business Economics.

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