FILE PHOTO – US President Donald Trump speaks to journalists while Interior Security Department Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (R) looks at a ceremony to sign the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act in the White House Oval Office Washington, USA, November 16, 2018. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said on Friday that China had sent a list of things he was willing to do to resolve trade tensions with the United States and his administration may not have to impose additional charges, but he added that the situation was still unacceptable to him.
"China wants to make a deal, they sent a list of things they are willing to do, which was a large list, and it's still not acceptable to me," Trump told reporters at the White House. He said that the list of 142 articles was "fairly complete" but "there are four or five great things left".
"I think we probably will have them too," he added.
Trump has imposed tariffs on $ 250 billion of Chinese imports to force the concessions from Beijing on the list of requests that would change the terms of trade between the two countries. China responded with import tariffs for US assets.
Trump also threatened to impose tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports, about $ 267 billion, if Beijing did not respond to US demands.
"We may not have to do it," Trump told reporters Friday. "China would like to make an agreement"
Reporting by Jeff Mason; Written by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown