Trump says no full ‘rollback’ of China tariffs

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington, DC on November 8, 2019.Image copyrightAFP
Image caption Donald Trump says he “won’t do” a complete rollback of tariffs

Some US tariffs on China are likely to remain in place even in the event of a trade deal, the US has indicated.

US President Donald Trump told reporters that China was pushing for the removal of some tariffs as part of an agreement, but he said a “complete rollback” was off the table.

“They’d like to have a rollback… not a complete rollback because they know I won’t do it,” he said.

The two sides are trying to de-escalate the economically damaging trade war.

Negotiations have dragged on, despite Mr Trump’s saying last month that the two sides had reached consensus on terms for a limited “phase one” agreement that could be signed within weeks.