Trade deal with China only if it is good for U.S: Trump

Amidst reports of negotiations for a deal with China hitting a bump, President Donald Trump has said that he will enter into a trade deal with Beijing only if he is confident that it is good for the U.S.

But he also told reporters at the White House on Friday that he is confident of entering into a trade deal with China.

The world's two largest economies are locked in a trade war since Trump imposed heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium items from China in March last year, a move that sparked fears of a global trade war.

Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on USD 250 billion of Chinese goods. In response, China, the world's second largest economy after the U.S, imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on USD 110 billion of American goods.

Top trade officials from America and China are holding talks to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal.

"I am confident. But if we don't make a very good deal for our country, I wouldn't make a deal," Trump told reporters.

"If this isn't a great deal, I won't make a deal."

In the absence of a trade deal, Trump has threatened to impose additional tariffs on import of Chinese products into the U.S.

(Agencies)