Trump says China trade deal to be signed shortly after 15th January
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Phase 1 trade deal with China could be signed “shortly thereafter”.
“We’re going to be signing on January 15th,” Trump told the ABC TV affiliate in Toledo during an interview, “ I think it will be January 15th, but shortly thereafter, but I think January 15th – a big deal with China.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification of Trump’s comments.
The Phase 1 trade deal will be signed in Washington next week with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, head of the country’s negotiating team in the Sino-U.S. trade talks.
The Phase 1 deal is expected to reduce tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of U.S. farm, energy, and manufactured goods and to address some disputes over intellectual property.