China is insisting that U.S. tariffs be rolled back as part of any “phase one” trade deal, China’s state-run Global Times said Sunday. “Sources in Beijing informed the Global Times that China insists the tariffs must be rolled back as part of the first-phase trade deal. A US pledge to scrap tariffs scheduled for December 15 cannot replace the rollbacks of tariffs,” the newspaper said in a tweet. An accompanying article written by China’s former vice minister of commerce, Wei Jianguo, said lifting tariffs is the “essential problem” for the phase-one deal. “The phase one agreement is unlikely to include too much substance, instead, it should solve the most pressing issues,” he wrote. While both sides have said an agreement is close, it is uncertain if a deal will actually get done.