Trump: 'Pro-Hong Kong protest bill I signed did not help trade talks'
US President Donald Trump said American
US President Donald Trump said American. legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong did not make trade negotiations with China easier, but maintained that Beijing still wants make a deal, reported Reuters.
The law 'doesn't make it better, but we'll see what happens,' President Trump said, talking to reporters. He gave no indication when the deal would be finalised, but two other US officials said a deal could still happen this year depending on China's actions.
Washington and Beijing have yet to sign a so-called 'phase one' trade agreement announced in October, which had raised hopes of a de-escalation in their prolonged trade war. The global economy has shuddered with each salvo of tariff hikes by the world's two largest economies.
'The Chinese are always negotiating. I'm very happy where we are,' he said as he prepared to depart the White House for a NATO summit in London. 'The Chinese want to make a deal. We'll see what happens.'