"I'm in no rush, I want the deal to be right", Trump said. "I think there's a very good chance a deal is going to be made". Trump added that he would prefer if US and Chinese officials almost complete the trade deal and wait for Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to finalize the agreement during a summit.
Trump announced last month that he would delay another planned increase in tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that was originally set for 1 March, citing progress in the trade talks. At the G20 summit in Argentina in December, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed upon a 90-day truce to allow room for a new trade agreement.
China and the United States have been embroiled in a trade dispute since June, when US President Donald Trump announced that Washington would subject $50 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent tariffs in a bid to fix the US-Chinese trade deficit. Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of tit-for-tat trade tariffs.
The Chinese-based media reported in February, citing sources, that many differences remain between Washington and Beijing, including US demands for structural reforms in the Chinese economy and enforcement mechanism.
Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said earlier in March that the consultations between China and the United States, de-escalating a trade conflict, were "extremely difficult" due to the large differences between the two countries.