U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (June 12) he had a “feeling” that a U.S.-China trade deal could be reached but again threatened to increase tariffs on Chinese goods if no agreement is reached.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump also reiterated his intention to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping but gave no further details.
“I have a feeling that we’re going to make a deal with China,” Trump said.
Trump and administration officials have been eyeing a possible meeting between the two leaders at the upcoming G20 summit in Japan, but Beijing has not confirmed any planned talks.
Trade talks between the world’s two largest economies fell apart in May.
President Trump also commented on the protests in Hong Kong surrounding an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Trump told reporters he was sure the two sides will be able to work out their differences.