US-China trade deal to be reached in a month, says Donald Trump
Updated : 2019-04-05 11:20:59
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States and China were close to a trade deal that could be announced within four weeks, while warning Beijing that it would be difficult to allow trade to continue without a pact. The two countries are engaged in intense negotiations to end a months-long trade war that has rattled global markets, but hopes of a resolution soared after both sides expressed optimism following talks in Beijing last week. Speaking to reporters at the White House at the start of a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Trump said some of the tougher points of a deal had been agreed but there were still differences to be bridged. "We're getting very close to making a deal. That doesn’t mean a deal is made, because it's not, but we're certainly getting a lot closer," Trump said in the Oval Office. "And I would think with, oh, within the next four weeks or maybe less, maybe more, whatever it takes, something very monumental could be announced."Trump said he would hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping if there were a deal. Xi assured Trump that text of the China-US trade could be finalised soon, in a message conveyed by Liu He.