US and China

US to send trade delegation to China a week later


The U .S. will send a high-level delegation to Beijing a week later as trade negotiations with China continue.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will head to Beijing for talks that start on April 30, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared in a statement. They will discuss with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

The world’s two largest economies have been embroiled in a trade dispute since last year that spooked world markets and hurt global growth. The Trump administration imposed levies on $250 billion of Chinese goods, and China retaliated by setting its own tariffs on $110 billion of American products.

Each side has met many times in a bid to hammer out an offer to end their protracted trade war. The talks so far have concentrated on a range of problems including forced technology transfer and structural reforms. Washington has also accused Beijing of intellectual property theft — something China has always refused.

At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will visit Beijing for continued cft6negotiations on the trade relationship between the United States and China. The talks will start on April 30, 2019. Vice Premier Liu He will guide the talks for China. The Vice Premier will then guide a Chinese delegation to Washington for additional discussions starting on May 8, 2019.

The subjects of next week’s discussions will cover trade issues such as intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases, and enforcement.

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