In remarks to reporters as a two-day round of high-level talks between USA and Chinese negotiators wound down, Trump said he did not know whether he would push back a deadline to raise US tariffs on Chinese goods at the beginning of March.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said he thinks a deal with China can be reached by March 1, and if not he'll go ahead with plans to more than double tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese imports.
"Our sense from our discussions last week in China is that China is struggling to come up with anything on the technology transfer side, and from our standpoint that's problematic", Myron Brilliant, the chamber's head of global affairs, said.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday expressed concern that prolonged negotiations could cause further uncertainty for investors.
The two sides have just a month remaining in a 90-day truce declared in December.
"Uncertainty is not the friend of business", he said.
Among several other headline criticisms, the USA is pushing for structural reforms to China's trade framework and the role of the state sector, which many experts believe will be a step too far for Beijing. The charges include stealing USA trade secrets and violating Iran sanctions.
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Administration officials and other people familiar with the state of play say the two sides remain far apart on key issues, with the U.S. side still engaged in an internal debate over how to proceed and ill-prepared for this week's meetings.
Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin attended this high-level economic and trade consultations.
US officials insist that the Huawei case is entirely separate from the trade negotiations.
We're talking about they're going to buy some corn.
He added that he would like to see progress on issues such as industrial subsidies and forced transfer of technology.
The White House said in a statement that the two sides had made progress but that "much work remains to be done". Beijing shot back by demanding that the Trump administration pull back from what it called an "unreasonable crackdown" on the Chinese maker of smartphones and telecom gear.
The Chinese economy is decelerating, having expanded past year at its slowest pace since 1990.
Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs affect most countries, including China, with the notable exceptions of Argentina and Australia.
The ship Hammersmith Bridge, foreground, which has just arrived from Shanghai in China, unloads Chinese shipping containers at the Port of Long Beach, in Los Angeles County, on September 29, 2018.
As members of the Chinese delegation left their hotel near the White House, a small group of Chinese protesters held placards highlighting various grievances against the China's government, including the unfair taking of properties.