President Trump has scaled back a US-China trade dispute partly blamed for a global economic slowdown, declaring Monday that the 2 sides will begin serious negotiations soon.
President Trump said his trade negotiators had received 2 “very good calls” from China Sunday. He said the Sunday evening conversations were a sign China is serious about making a deal.
“I think we’re going to have a deal, because now we’re dealing on proper terms. They understand and we understand,” President Trump said.
“This is the 1st time I’ve seen them where they really want to make a deal. And I think that’s a very positive step,” President Trump added.
President Trump declined to identify those involved in the most recent conversation and whether he is in direct contact with President Xi. President Trump added Monday that the 2 sides will begin “talking very seriously,” saying that after the calls he believes the Chinese “mean business.“
A Chinese delegation are expected to travel to Washington in September to continue talks even after Trump’s escalation following China’s tariff announcement last Friday.
President Trump’s optimistic comments on China came as he commented for the 1st time on the appearance at the G-7 Summit by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
World leaders have encouraged President Trump to deescalate the conflict with China, he has.