President Xi Jinping pledged Thursday to import more US agricultural produce and energy products and to deepen trade cooperation during a meeting in Beijing with visiting US President Donald Trump, Caixin reports. Both presidents attended a dialogue with business leaders from both countries in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where they were present for the signing of trade deals worth $253.5 billion, a record figure in the trade history of the two countries, the state-run China News Service reported. Xi told Trump that his administration would continue encouraging Chinese companies to invest in the US, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. “We’re also hoping that the American side will export more technologies for civilian applications to China,” he said. Xi said that the Chinese economy will become increasingly open and transparent to foreign companies, including US firms. He also encouraged US companies to participate in his “Belt and Road” infrastructure-led initiative.