FILE - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying speaks during a press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Beijing, Sept. 15, 2017.
FILE - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry, when asked about the trade deal with the United States, said it is committed to resolving the issues but the deal must be mutually beneficial.

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments on Friday at a daily briefing.

President Donald Trump speaks during the White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave in the South Court Auditorium on the…
US, China Near Deal That Would Suspend Planned Tariffs
The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war

The United States and China are coming up against a natural deadline on Dec. 15 when a tariff hike will come into effect.

Washington has set its terms for the first part of the so-called "phased deal", offering to suspend some tariffs on Chinese goods and cut others in exchange for Beijing buying more American farm goods, U.S. sources have said.