"We are looking probably to be ahead of schedule to sign a very big portion of the China deal, we'll call it Phase One but it's a very big portion", Donald Trump told reporters ahead of his visit to Chicago.
According to reports, China is ready to address intellectual property concerns raised by the US, and will also buy $40 to $50 billion in US agricultural products.
Washington and Beijing have been engaged in a tariff war since last year. The US accused China of creating a trade imbalance and slapped additional tariffs on a vast list of Chinese products, while Beijing retaliated with its own tariffs on US goods. The escalating tensions gravely affected international trade, slowing down the global growth for up to 0.6%.
According to the International Monetary Fund, the tariffs imposed during the conflict are expected to slow down global growth in 2019 to 3.0%, the slowest pace in a decade.
After several rounds of negotiations, however, the sides came close to concluding a trade deal in May, but failed, leading to another series of trade restrictions.