TOKYO – US President Donald Trump said on Monday that trade between the US and China should be fair and reciprocal, after decades of unfair trade relations between the two nations.
Trump, who is on the first stop of a tour of Asian countries, was addressing a press conference in Tokyo along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump will travel to China later on Monday for a two-day working visit.
When asked about trade negotiations during his upcoming trip to Beijing, he said “for decades it’s been a very unfair situation. Our trade deficit (with China) is massive. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year.”
“We’ve already started discussions with China, because it has to come down,” Trump added.
The US president however said that the two countries share a very similar vision on trade and that he has good relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he described as a “good friend.”
Trump arrived on Sunday in Japan, the first stop of his tour, during which he will also travel to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.