Donald Trump complained that China hasn't increased its purchases of American farm products, a promise he said he had secured at a meeting with the country's president, Xi Jinping, at the Group of 20 summit last month. "Having said that, we have a very strong - I want to underscore this - a very strong expectation that China will really shortly, maybe immediately, begin to purchase U.S. agricultural products", he told the U.S. broadcaster. "Hopefully they will start soon!"
China and the United States can find a way to resolve their trade dispute if each other's concerns are taken into consideration, the commerce ministry said today.
Xi and Trump agreed to restart trade talks between their countries at the meeting, and the USA president said he would hold off on imposing additional tariffs on Chinese imports.
But the agreement in Osaka kick-started talks that had been stalled since May.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke on the phone with their Chinese counterparts this week, marking the first high-level contact following the G-20 meeting.
But no deadline has been set for the process to conclude, leaving the possibility of a protracted negotiation that lasts well into a presidential election year.
Trump has imposed 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods and has pledged only to accept a deal with Beijing that includes structural reforms to the way China does business.
Washington and Beijing were close to completing a deal in May when Chinese officials balked at requirements that it change its laws to implement reforms, U.S. officials charged.