“What we’re doing with China, I think, will have a tremendous impact, if you look at the numbers that we’re talking about. We’ll see how that all comes out,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday.
The president’s comments come ahead of the visit of a high-level Chinese delegation next week for talks with officials of his administration. The two countries have set a deadline to resolve their differences by March 1.
“If we could make a deal that’ll be great — on intellectual property, and theft, and all of the other things we’re talking about, in addition to taxes themselves,” Trump said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump wants a fair and reciprocal trade from China. The slowdown in economic growth in China is very real and severe, Pompeo told Fox News in an interview. “There’s no doubt about that.”
“President Trump has been pretty clear: we just want things to be fair and reciprocal. We want a set of arrangements that allow American workers to have the same opportunity that Chinese workers have. We want our companies to be able to sell their goods into China without the risk that their intellectual property will be stolen or that they’ll be forced to deliver their technology to the Chinese government,” Pompeo said in response to a question. (Agencies)