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Trump hopes US will reach deal with China to end 'tit-for-tat' trade war

Trump has vowed to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on March 2 if China fails to address intellectual property theft

Reuters  |  Washington 

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File photo of Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

President on Monday predicted the would reach a deal with to end a tit-for-tat trade war, saying Beijing wants to negotiate and that talks are going well.

"We're doing very well with China," Trump told reporters at the "I think that we are going to be able to do a deal with "

"wants to negotiate," he said.

Trump has vowed to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on March 2 if China fails to address intellectual property theft, forced technology transfers and other non-tariff barriers.

The world's two largest economies held mid-level talks in Beijing last week and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters that China's top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, would likely visit later this month.

The meetings in China were the first face-to-face discussions since Trump and Chinese President met in Buenos Aires in December and agreed to a 90-day truce in the trade war, which has disrupted the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars of goods.

 

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 20:45 IST
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