Trump says no full ‘rollback’ of China tariffs

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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.