Trump says US and China to resume trade talks
President Donald Trump has said the US and China will “very shortly” resume trade talks after a weekend of escalating tension with Beijing.
On Friday Trump sharply hiked tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports in retaliation for fresh duties from Beijing.
China has yet to comment but earlier called for “calm” to resolve the row.
Trump sent out conflicting messages over the weekend, at first appearing to express regret about the latest tariffs, only for the White House to retract his comments on Sunday.
However, at the G7 summit in Biarritz on Monday he said Chinese officials had made two “very, very good calls” on Sunday night and that Beijing wanted to “make a deal”.
Suggesting his pressure had brought the Chinese back to the negotiating table, he added: “They hurt very badly, but they understand this is the right thing to do.
The US is trying to force Beijing to reform its trade practices, arguing that American firms face an uneven playing field due to issues such as intellectual property theft.
However, US allies have pressured Trump at the G7 summit in France, warning that the trade war is threatening the global economy.