Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Says Tariffs Will Stay Until China Complies With Deal

Trump Says Tariffs Will Stay Until China Complies With Deal

China says a high-ranking US delegation will travel to Beijing next week to resume negotiations aimed at resolving the ongoing trade war between the world's two leading economies.

China has already pledged to purchase $1.2 trillion in United States goods but Trump wants them to "double or triple" it and has renewed the call in recent weeks, according to the report.

He added that a trade deal with Beijing is "coming along nicely" and that U.S. negotiators headed to China next week for another round of talks to "further the deal".

The US delayed the introduction of higher tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese imports following three months of talks, after which Mr Trump said the nations were "very very close" to an agreement.

"We're not talking about removing them".

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that US tariffs on Chinese imports could remain in place for a "substantial period", dampening hopes that a new trade agreement would see them lifted soon.

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The president's comments come amid conflicting reports about how close the world's two largest economies are to reaching a deal and just what China is willing to concede in talks.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are due to visit China on March 28 and 29, a Ministry of Commerce spokesman said in Beijing Thursday.

Washington is demanding that China end practices it says force the transfer of American technology to Chinese companies, improve access for American companies to China's markets, and curb industrial subsidies.

Trump did not elaborate on his plans for the tariffs.

When asked to respond to Trump's comments about United States tariffs being kept in place even after a deal, the spokesman said he had nothing further to say. "The deal is coming along nicely". We actually rebuilt China, in the truest sense of the word.

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