US-China summit scheduled in Chile reportedly cancelled

WASHINGTON, A crucial summit meeting by US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, due in middle of November has been cancelled, the American media reported on Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting was scheduled in middle of November in Santiago, but Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera announced the cancellation Wednesday.

His administration has struggled to suppress growing demonstrations in the capital city over issues of inequality, it said, indicating that Chile’s leadership was deeply preoccupied with the local events.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg said in a report, Chile’s biggest social unrest in a generation forced the government to cancel next month’s APEC summit in Santiago where President Trump was expected to sign a preliminary trade accord with China.

Trump had said he expected to ink a “phase one” deal with his Chinese counterpart at the November 16-17 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Santiago.

Source: Kuwait News Agency