US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he expected to communicate with China on US-China trade issues as China offered to settle the matter in a peaceful resolution.
“There’s a talk scheduled for today at a different level,” said Trump on US radio on Thursday.
“Let’s see what the end product is — that’s what you have to judge it by,” added Trump.
Trump seemed to be more open to negotiations after the optimistic remarks made by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday.
A ministry spokesperson said that China was willing to negotiate and work together with the US to solve the problems that initiated the US-China trade war.
The US and China has been locked in an escalating tit-for-tat tariff war that blasted billions of dollars worth of duties on both US and Chinese goods.
Trump has repeatedly stated that he is unwilling to stop the trade war if the US government doesn’t get the necessary concession on trade from the Chinese government.
In the radio interview, the host asked Trump about domestic critics like US Senator Pat Toomey who said “there was no question” the trade war was hurting the US economy.
“So what does Pat Toomey want me to do? Does he want me to say let me put my hands up and let China continue to rip us off?” said Trump in the interview.
“I think they want to make a deal,” added Trump. “I sort of think they have to make a deal.”