U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday U.S. legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong did not make trade negotiations with China easier, affirming that Beijing still wants a deal with the United States.
The law "doesn't make it better, but we'll see what happens," Trump said, talking to reporters.
He gave no indication when the deal would be finalized, but two other U.S. officials said a deal could still happen this year depending on China's actions.
"The Chinese are always negotiating. I'm very happy where we are," Trump said as he prepared to depart the White House for a NATO summit in London.
"The Chinese want to make a deal. We'll see what happens."