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Trade war

On eve of trade talks, Trump says China 'broke the deal'

US president cranks up the rhetoric as Beijing's negotiators head to Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech to supporters at a rally in Panama City, Florida on Wednesday.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- In a blunt offensive against China a day before the resumption of trade talks, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Beijing of breaking a deal the two countries were working on.

Speaking to supporters in Florida on Wednesday night, Trump said: "They broke the deal. So they're flying in. The vice premier tomorrow is flying in, but they broke the deal. They can't do that. So they'll be paying. If we don't make the deal, nothing wrong with taking in more than $100 billion a year."

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