"They want a return," Trump said. "I have not agreed to anything. China would like to have something of a return, not a complete withdrawal because they know I will not."
A day earlier, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce told reporters. that US and Chinese dealers had discussed the reimbursement of customs duties and said that the returns could be made even before a "phase one" trade agreement was entered into.
Despite Trump's remarks, Wall Street ended last week at record highs.
In Hong Kong, the city's political crisis escalated again at the beginning of the working week when a traffic officer shot a protester early Monday morning, according to a police source.