Representatives from the world's two largest economies - China's Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer - talked by phone and afterward, both sides released statements describing the call as "constructive".
Trump said on Friday evening that negotiations about a "phase one" agreement were going well and he hoped to sign the deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a US location when work on the agreement was completed.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera threw up another hurdle when he announced on Wednesday that Santiago had canceled the APEC summit on November 16 and 17 - where Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) hoped to meet - because of social unrest in the country.
That portion of the agreement is still expected to be signed "within the same time frame" despite the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit cancellation, according to White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley.
US officials have repeatedly expressed hope in signing an interim trade deal with China during the November 16-17 APEC summit in Chile.
Edward Lawrence on Wednesday night (Macau time) said that Beijing "has offered that Trump travel to Macau to sign the Phase One deal, rather than the planned meet-up in Santiago, Chile".
"The agriculture chapter is virtually completed", Kudlow said on Friday, adding that "it also will open up and reduce a lot of barriers and onerous regulations". But wrapping up even that limited work by the November 16-17 summit in Chile had always been seen as a challenge.
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The agreement covered Chinese purchases of USA farm products, and other steps to open up its market to agricultural goods, while in financial services, the agreement would "give 100 per cent ownership to American companies in China", Kudlow said, citing insurers, security firms, and investment and commercial banks.
Grassley has said any deal with Beijing "must address the full scope of structural issues identified in [the Office of the United States Trade Representative's] Section 301 report and include strong enforcement mechanisms".
Trump noted that negotiations are "moving along" and "our deal's going along fine with China" but stressed repeatedly that he didn't want to give more details until the agreement was finalised.
But a shifting deadline could also reduce pressure on both sides to cut an initial deal and move on to more comprehensive talks.
Yet the move to a phased approach reflects China's resistance to many United States demands and a concession by the White House to abandon its stance that nothing is agreed until all the thorny issues are resolved.
The U.S. government would normally help Chile resolve its political crisis so the summit could proceed, Alden said.
-With assistance from William Edwards, Erik Wasson, Jennifer Jacobs and Sydney Maki.