“China very much wants to make a deal,” Trump said in Washington, just hours after his top economic adviser expressed caution about talk of a possible US-China trade agreement.
“We’ve had very good discussions with China, we’re getting much closer to doing something,” Trump said before departing the White House for a campaign event. “I spoke with President Xi (Jinping) yesterday. They very much want to make a deal,” Trump said. “I think we’ll make a deal with China, and I think it will be a very fair deal for everybody, but it will be a good deal for the US.”
Trump said he would discuss trade with Xi when the two meet for dinner on the sidelines of the G20 leaders’ summit at the end of November in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His administration has demanded that Beijing make sweeping changes to its policies on intellectual property protections, technology transfers, industrial subsidies and domestic market access, along with steps to reduce a $375billion (R5.35trillion) US goods trade deficit with China. Trump said a deal with China would also be good for Beijing.
“If we can open up China and make it fair, for the first time ever - this should have been done years ago by other presidents but it wasn’t - I am very much willing to do it,” he said.