China and the US made progress toward a much-anticipated trade deal in their latest meetings and will keep talking on the remaining issues, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. High-level US and Chinese officials met in Washington over the past few days, hard on the heels of discussions in Beijing the previous week. Future talks will be conducted in \u201cvarious ways,\u201d Xinhua reported on Saturday, without providing details. Chinese negotiators, led by Vice Premier Liu He, and their U.S. counterparts wrapped up the latest set of talks on Friday. They discussed the text of an agreement regarding technology transfers, intellectual property protections, non-tariff measures, services, agriculture, trade balance and enforcement, Xinhua said. Xinhua said in a separate commentary on Friday that \u201cthe remaining issues are all hard nuts to crack.\u201d Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump\u2019s top economic adviser, said on Friday that negotiators plan to \u201cbe in touch\u201d by phone next week. \u201cThere is no letup,\u201d he said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. \u2018Big Success\u2019 The White House released a statement Friday evening saying that while progress had been made, \u201csignificant work remains, and the principals, deputy ministers, and delegation members will be in continuous contact to resolve outstanding issues.\u201d Trump, speaking to reporters on Friday, hailed the latest round of talks as a \u201cbig success\u201d but said he didn\u2019t want to predict whether a deal would be reached. The president said before meeting Liu on Thursday in the Oval Office that the US and China were close to an agreement, with an announcement possible in the next four to six weeks. Also read: Trade war to end! China hails agreement with US; Trump says something \u2018monumental\u2019 could be announced A month ago, Trump was touting the idea of a \u201csigning summit\u201d with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which aides suggested at the time could take place at Trump\u2019s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Now, there are no assurances. \u201cIf we have a deal, then we\u2019ll have a summit,\u201d the president said on Thursday. The nine-month trade war between the world\u2019s largest economies has disrupted supply chains, whipsawed markets and weighed on the world economy. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde this week warned both sides to avoid the \u201cself-inflicted\u201d wound of a protracted trade conflict.