Trump, Sanders hold trade summit at White House

Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, all of whom are on a trade trip to China, agreed on Friday to a series of economic reforms in their first meeting since the inauguration of President Xi Jinping.

The talks came after days of wrangling over trade agreements, and are likely to intensify after the two presidents meet on Sunday in Hawaii.

In a statement to reporters, Trump said the leaders agreed to “improve our relationship with China and address its trade imbalances and unfair trade practices.”

Clinton, a former secretary of state, said the summit would focus on boosting American manufacturing and investment, and she said the goal of the summit was “to develop a comprehensive, multilateral approach to addressing China’s trade and economic issues.”

She did not say whether the summit’s focus would include tariffs.

The United States and China have not signed free trade agreements since the mid-1990s, and both nations are locked in a dispute over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

In addition to the summit, Trump, Clinton and Sanders also will attend a climate summit in France, as well as a gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.