China is downplaying expectations for progress on its trade talks with the U.S., despite President Trump's optimistic remarks on Wednesday.
According to Reuters, Chinese government officials said the Trump administration's recent blacklisting of 28 Chinese firms generated a negative atmosphere.
They said while Beijing wants the trade war to end, they are not optimistic about any agreement in the short-term, and added more time is needed to improve ties.
President Trump told reporters this week there's a really good chance a deal will happen.
The first minister-level talks in two months are scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Washington.