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Osaka, 29 June 2019 : US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Saturday greed to resume trade negotiations in an effort to end an ongoing impasse between the two economic giants..

Speaking to the media after his highly-anticipated meeting with Xi on the sidelines of the ongoing G20 Summit here, Trump said: “We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China. Excellent, I would say excellent. As good as it was going to be.

“We discussed a lot of things and we’re right back on track and we’ll see what happens.”

Trump however, did not give any other details, saying that an official statement would be released by the two sides later in the day.

According to Xinhua news agency, the US agreed to not impose new tariffs on imports from China and the two sides agreed to discuss “specific issues” to end the turbulent trade war going on between the two countries since last year.

Trump and Xi agreed to carry out the consultations “on the basis of equality and mutual respect”, a condition put forward by Xi for reaching a deal in earlier trade negotiations, Xinhua added.

Xi said that despite changes that have taken place internationally and between China-US relations over the past 40 years, “one basic fact remains unchanged: China and the United States both benefit from cooperation and lose in confrontation”.

“Cooperation and dialog are better than friction and confrontation,” Xi said at the start of the meeting, adding that he wanted to maintain frequent contact with the US president to boost stable bilateral relations.

The meeting showed both leaders’ apparent willingness to restart discussions after the breakdown in negotiations in May and the subsequent exchange of tariff increases.

The truce suggests that the two sides will not impose fresh measures to worsen the situation, but it remains to be seen whether they are really ready to make concessions to reach a final deal.

There has been no agreement yet on key issues such as the difficulties US companies face in accessing the Chinese market, or once there, the handicaps they face against state enterprises, subsidized by Beijing.

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New Delhi, 8 Nov : Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been allowed by the government to accompany the Sikh ‘jatha’ that will travel to Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan via the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, sources said here on Thursday.

The Ministry of External Affairs has, however, denied Sidhu, a former state minister in Punjab, the permission to travel to Pakistan via Wagah. Pakistan had extended Sidhu the first invitation for the event and had even offered him a visa.

The ‘jatha’ will travel to Darbar Sahib Gurudwara, a holy shrine of the Sikh religious community in Pakistan, using the corridor which will be thrown open for the first time on November 9.

Sidhu had written to the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar seeking permission to travel to the holy shrine via Attari-Wagah, which would require Pakistan visa. He wrote that if he didn’t “get response to his third letter seeking permission to visit Pakistan, then he will proceed as a devotee on an eligible visa”.

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