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· Trump says China trade deal may be signed shortly after January 15
· Trump: Phase two China trade talks to start 'right away'
Trump says China trade deal may be signed shortly after January 15
Reporting by Eric Beech and Makini Brice in Washington; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan, Reuters
Jan 9, 2020
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who announced last month that the Phase 1 trade deal with China would be signed on Jan. 15, said on Thursday the agreement could be signed “shortly thereafter.”
In an interview with the ABC TV affiliate in Toledo, Ohio, Trump said: “We’re going to be signing on January 15th - I think it will be January 15th, but shortly thereafter, but I think January 15th - a big deal with China.”
Trump announced the Jan. 15 signing date in a tweet on Dec. 31.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification of Trump’s comments.
The Phase 1 deal, struck last month, is expected to reduce tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of American farm, energy and manufactured goods while addressing some disputes over intellectual property.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, head of the country’s negotiating team in Sino-U.S. trade talks, will sign the deal in Washington next week, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday...
Trump: Phase two China trade talks to start 'right away'
Jonathan Garber, Fox Business
via Yahoo Finance - January 9, 2020
President Trump won't waste any time in beginning talks for a comprehensive trade deal with China.
He told reporters that phase two trade talks with China will begin immediately.
“We’ll start right away negotiating phase two," the president said Thursday at the White House. "I think I might want to wait to finish it till after the election because by doing that I think we can actually make a little bit better deal, maybe a lot better deal."
The president's comments come hours after Beijing confirmed that Liu He, China's top trade negotiator, will lead a delegation to the U.S. next week to sign the phase one trade agreement on Jan. 15.
"Phase one is a phenomenal deal," Trump said Tuesday. "It could be up to $50 billion in farm product."
He touted a recent rally in corn and cattle prices...