US President Donald Trump opened the door to extending trade talks with China past the current March 1 deadline to avoid an escalation of tariffs, saying he could allow more time for negotiations if Beijing and Washington were close to a breakthrough.
「If we』re close to a deal where we think we can make a real deal and it』s going to get done, I could see myself letting that slide for a little while,」 Mr Trump said at the beginning of a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. 「But generally speaking, I』m not inclined to do that.」
Mr Trump』s willingness to consider a later deadline for the talks comes as senior officials in his administration, including Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative, and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, were scheduled to hold a new round of talks with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing this week.
特朗普願意考慮推遲談判的最後期限之際，包括美國貿易代表羅伯特•萊特希澤(Robert Lighthizer)和財政部長史蒂文•姆努欽(Steven Mnuchin)在內的特朗普政府高官定於本周在北京與中方官員舉行新一輪談判。