- The White House says the USA will host a delegation from China led by Vice Premier Liu He for meetings beginning April 3.
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question as he meets with former hostage Danny Burch, an oil engineer who was taken hostage in Yemen in September 2017, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 6, 2019.
Both Beijing and Washington are engaged in intense negotiations in the wake of a trade dispute, which would have originally seen the United States substantively increase tariffs on Chinese goods from March 1.
Concerns remain, however, after President Trump said Wednesday he would keep tariffs in place on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods until it is clear Beijing is complying with any trade deal that is reached.
But analysts say Chinese officials will be reluctant to accede to demands that could weaken the Communist Party's hold on power - such as fully exposing state enterprises to market forces. The Chinese side wants the removal of tariffs to be part of the negotiating agenda, but Washington has always argued that this policy was always meant to bring China on the negotiating agenda.
"No president has ever done what I've done with China".
He told reporters on Wednesday, March 20: "We have to make sure that if we do the deal with China, that China lives by the deal".More news: Nebraska Flooding Causes More Than One Billion In Damage
Although Trump agreed to a tariff ceasefire with the European Union in July, unity was short lived.
Trump has said on multiple occasion that an agreement is "very very close".
"I'll tell you what the end game is". They added that while there had been progress, negotiators wanted to meet face to face.
"I think the deal will probably happen; I think they need it very badly", Trump said.
After their visit, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will head to the United States in April to continue the negotiations, Gao said. Pressed on whether the talks have hit a snag, he said they hadn't: "No, not at all".
USA businesses continue to express "a lot of concerns" about the tariffs, raising materials costs and cutting off access to foreign markets, he said. After a US Senate Finance Committee hearing, he said both sides are "working in good faith" to reach a deal at the earliest possible.