Beijing is 'on the same page' as the US on the progress of trade talks between the two countries, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, who spoke in China's capital on Tuesday.

Geng stated that "the two sides regarding the issues on reaching the deal are on the same page. There is no difference. This economic and trade agreement will be of great significance. It will be good for China, US and the world. It will be good for economy, trade and peace."

US President Donald Trump on Friday announced a "substantial phase one deal" following talks in Washington between Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. High-level talks are scheduled to continue next week with an aim to finalise the deal ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Chile in November.

Geng also urged, "Turkey to stop the military action and come back to the right track of political settlement". He further added that "the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria should be respected and upheld".

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