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Citing a closely-watched social media account that publishes updates on the U.S. – China  trade negotiations, Taoran Notes, South China Morning Post reported that recent comments from U.S. officials about the trade talks possibly getting finalized at the end of next week’s high-level meetings in Washington were a trick to  increase tensions and generate pressure on China.

“It’s the same tactic as the US threatening to raise tariffs, it is merely smoke and mirrors to exert extreme pressure [on China],” the post said. “You don’t have to take it seriously,” pointed out SCMP’s  Cissy Zhou and Zhou Xin.

Yesterday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters that President Trump and his counterpart Xi could decide to have a meeting next week to conclude a deal.