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US-China trade deal to be reached in a month, says Donald Trump

Updated : April 05, 2019 11:20 AM IST

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump speaks to China's Vice Premier Liu He during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump speaks to China's Vice Premier Liu He during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner looks on as US President Trump meets with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner looks on as US President Trump meets with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump greets China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump greets China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump listens while meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
US President Donald Trump listens while meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, April 4, 2019. (Reuters)
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