Trump Says US Doing Well in Trade Talks With China

May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said on May 29 the United States was doing well in trade talks with China and that Beijing wanted to make a deal with Washington.

“China would love to make a deal with us. We had a deal and they broke the deal. I think if they had it to do again they wouldn’t have done what they did,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House to deliver a commencement speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Trump said U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods were prompting manufacturers in China to leave the country and locate in other nations.

“China is subsidizing products, so the United States taxpayers are paying for very little of it,” Trump said, noting the tariffs had little impact on inflation.

“I think we’re doing very well with China.”

Trade tensions between Washington and Beijing escalated sharply earlier this month after the Trump administration accused China of having “reneged” on its previous promises to make structural changes to its economic practices.

Washington later imposed additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting Beijing to retaliate.

China said on May 13 it would adjust tariffs on a revised target list of $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, with additional rates of 20 to 25 percent.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he likely will travel to Beijing “in the near future” to continue negotiations.

By Steve Holland

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