William Zarit, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said the Chinese leadership wants to go into the congress “without any major difficulties in the trade area with the U.S..”

“So, I’m actually hoping that this can be a positive for coming up with some measures that will address the fairness and reciprocal treatment issues,” Zarit said in a meeting with reporters.

Using that leverage ahead of the congress was “part of the conversation” with U.S. officials and lawmakers when the chamber made a lobbying trip to Washington in early May.

But Zarit added that it was not a long-term solution and that the Trump administration needed to be more strategic in trade relations with China.