China president Xi Jinping speaks via state media

  • Hopes US and China can strengthen communication and control disputes
  • Hopes both sides can reach mutually beneficial agreement
  • Made new progress in important issues during trade talks
  • Reached important step-by-step progress in latest trade talks
  • Willing to solve economic and trade dispute with US via cooperation

Meanwhile, we're also hearing from Mnuchin and Lighthizer:

  • Both sides have made new progress in latest trade talks
  • Maintains hope but there is still much work to be done

Plenty of on-the-surface commentary as both sides are keeping details to a minimum for the time being. With trade talks set to continue next week, that's about all we'll be able to get before the weekend. Oh well.

Here's a commemorative photo from today's trade talks in Beijing: