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Trump Flexible on China Tariff Deadline as He Seeks ‘Real Deal’

  • Would let deadline lapse ‘if we’re close to a deal’ on trade
  • China’s president to meet U.S. delegation on Friday, SCMP says
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Trump Says He's Open to Letting March 1 China Tariffs Deadline Slide
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President Donald Trump said he’s open to extending a March 1 deadline to raise tariffs on Chinese products if the two sides are near an agreement, sending a conciliatory signal amid talks to resolve the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

“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,” Trump told reporters during a cabinet meeting Tuesday. “But generally speaking I’m not inclined” to delay raising tariffs, he added.