Washington: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to set a deadline for levying tariffs on another $ 325 billion of Chinese goods and said the relationship with Beijing was good, but "testy" after China abandoned its commitments for a trade agreement.
The president, who said he still plans to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month, has repeatedly threatened to escalate a months-long trade war by setting rates for almost all remaining Chinese imports that have not already been influenced by US taxes, including products such as mobile phones, computers and clothing.
Asked if he had a deadline for China to make progress toward a deal before being confronted with further punishment, Trump said no.
"I have no deadline," he told a press conference, gesturing at his head. & # 39; My deadline is what it says here, we will read the deadline. No one can find out. & # 39;
Trump has previously said that after the G20 meeting in Japan at the end of June he would decide whether to execute his threat.
Washington has already imposed 25 percent rates for $ 250 billion of Chinese goods, from semiconductors to furniture imported into the United States.
Trump reiterated his belief that under pressure from the rates that the United States has already imposed, manufacturers are withdrawing from China in a blessing for American industry.
"I think we will eventually make a deal with China, we have a very good relationship, although it is a bit dirty at the moment, as you would expect. I think they should really make a deal."
Although Trump has said he plans to meet Xi at the G20 summit in Japan, Beijing has not confirmed any planned discussions.
Trade negotiations between & # 39; the world's two largest economies broke up in May. Trump government officials said China had watered down its commitments on issues such as stopping intellectual property theft.
"We thought we had a deal and unfortunately they decided they were going to change the deal, and they can't do that to me, but something will happen and I think it will be something very positive," Trump said.
The United States wants China to change its trading practices by not obliging US companies to share their technology to do business there, curtail subsidies to Chinese state-owned companies, and increase access to Chinese markets.
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