The U.S. ambassador to China has defended President Donald Trump's stance towards the Asian nation during his recent visit, amid criticism that the U.S president was too soft on trade imbalances between the two superpowers.
"I would say that discussions were candid and frank and the chemistry between the presidents was good," Ambassador Terry Branstad told CNBC on Wednesday, although he conceded there were still trade imbalances.
"We want a fair reciprocal trade relationship and it hasn't been fair for a long time and the president brought that up and he was very candid and very direct. I think the Chinese were a little surprised because this president has been much more direct in how he's approached that but we also saw some significant deals that were reached," he said.
Branstad's comments refer to a high-profile visit by Trump to China in November during his first visit to Asia as president.
The visit was deemed a success with 37 major deals signed between Chinese and U.S. companies, totaling more than $250 billion. Caterpillar, Boeing, and Goldman Sachs were among the companies that made deals with the country.