Chinese negotiators have met in Washington with a United States delegation led by President Donald Trump's hard-nosed trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, in a bid to end a trade war that is threatening global growth.
"No final deal will be made until my friend President Xi, and I, meet in the near future to discuss and agree on some of the long standing and more hard points", Trump said in a series of lengthy Twitter posts as a Chinese delegation visits Washington for trade talks.
Top US and Chinese trade officials returned to the bargaining table Wednesday, working to avoid a sharp escalation in the trade war between the world's two largest economies.
"Meetings are going well with good intent and spirit on both sides", Trump wrote.
The talks began two days after the United States charged Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, with conspiring to violate USA sanctions on Iran by doing business through a subsidiary it tried to hide.
Trump has set a March deadline for increasing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent. They are correct. I will be meeting with their top leaders and representatives today in the Oval Office.
"A comprehensive deal that fundamentally changes their system - I don't think that's possible", said Christopher Adams, a former USA trade official specializing in China and now a senior adviser at the law firm Covington.
He says: "All of the many problems are being discussed and will be hopefully resolved".
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"Looking for China to open their Markets not only to Financial Services, which they are now doing, but also to our Manufacturing, Farmers and other United States businesses and industries".
Trump has not yet directly involved himself in the current round of trade talks with the Chinese delegation, but assured his followers that so far things had gone well. Beijing shot back by demanding that the Trump administration pull back from what it called an "unreasonable crackdown" on the Chinese maker of smartphones and telecom gear.
The US President also addressed the ongoing trade talks between Washington and Beijing. China has called United States measures protectionist.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week that the US and China are "miles and miles" away from a deal as he noted in a CNBC interview that the nations have "lots and lots of issues" to discuss.
Trump was scheduled to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House as talks conclude on Thursday.
The administration has already imposed tariffs on some $250 billion in Chinese imports.
USA officials and some analysts say they believe its weakening economy will pressure the Chinese into making concessions.
Deepening the challenge is the USA view that China has pledged in the past to curb cyber-theft and forced transfers of technology - and then failed to do so. US officials have denied any link between the trade talks and the Huawei case.