"We're pretty comfortable that the phase one is in good shape,"
he told Fox Business Network in an interview.
U.S. President Donald Trump and other administration officials
had looked toward the Nov. 11-17 Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation summit as a possible venue to sign the deal with
Chinese President Xi Jinping before Chile this week canceled its
plan to host the international summit.
"Hopefully we can resurrect a date right in that range," Ross
told the television network, adding that the question of a new
Lead trade negotiators from both the United States and Chine are
expected to speak by telephone on Friday as Ross prepared
separately to travel to Asia for a three-day summit of Southeast
Asian nations in Thailand.
"There will some transactions announced -- some very good-sized
transactions -- announced while I'm on this trip," he said, but
gave no other details.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Catherine Evans and
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