US-China trade talks to be resumed next week

On 28 March a US delegation is expected to arrive in Beijing to make progress on stalled negotiations

US officials will travel to China next week to resume face-to-face talks aimed at ending a trade war between them, the White House announced on Saturday. Chinese officials will visit US for further talks in Washington in the beginning of April, as well.

According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the US delegation, which will include US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be sent to continue US trade talks with China this Thursday, 28 March. Lighthizer and Mnuchin will be accompanied by Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior officials from the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Department of the Treasury. Then, if everything goes as planned, a Chinese group of diplomats led by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He will visit the US on 3 April with the aim of closing a deal by late April.

As Europost reminds, the US and China have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of one another's goods over the past year. A truce at a G20 meeting in December brought hope for a solution to be reached, but negotiations have been since then rocky. Even though by the end of February, two weeks after talks on the issue collapsed, US President Trump said the two sides were "very very close" to signing a trade agreement, a deal has not yet been forthcoming. The president also delayed a 1 March deadline for raising tariffs last month citing the progress being made.

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