The United States and China are close to agreement on the first phase of
a trade deal, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, after top negotiators
from the two countries spoke by telephone and agreed to keep working on
remaining issues, reported Reuters.
Trump said Washington was in the “final throes” of work on a deal that would defuse a 16-month trade war with Beijing, but also underscored Washington’s support for protesters in Hong Kong, a potential huge sore point with China.
“We’re in the final throes of a very important deal, I guess you could say one of the most important deals in trade ever. It’s going very well but at the same time we want to see it go well in Hong Kong,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
He said he had a very good relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “I think that President Xi can make that happen. I know him and I know he’d like to make it happen,” Trump said, without elaborating on what exactly he expected Xi to do.