Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that his administration is “close” to striking a trade deal with China, although he added that he does not know if that hypothetical pact will become reality. “I think we’re very close to doing something with China, but I don’t know that I want to do it, because what we have right now is billions and billions of dollars coming into the US in the form of tariffs or taxes,” Trump told reporters upon leaving the White House to travel to the G20 meeting in Argentina.
“I will tell you that I think China wants to make a deal,” he continued. “I’m open to making a deal, but frankly, I like the deal we have right now.” the US President was quoted as saying by Efe on Thursday. Trump made his remarks before meeting on the weekend in Buenos Aires with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid tense trade relations between the two world powers.
Washington in July launched a bold trade war with the Asian giant by imposing increased tariffs on Chinese imports valued at some $34 billion. In September, the US slapped a 10 per cent tariff on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports, and that levy will rise to 25 per cent in January 2019, and Trump threatened to include another $267 billion worth of Chinese exports in the punitive measure. Beijing has criticised Washington’s aggressive trade policy for its “harmful consequences” and has implemented reciprocal measures on more than $60 billion in US imports. The US in 2017 sold China goods and products valued at $130 billion, while Beijing exported $506 billion worth of goods to the US market. (IANS)