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    Lighthizer, Mnuchin to Hold Trade Talks Next Week in Beijing - Report

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    US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing for trade talks beginning on 30 April, Reuters reported citing the White House's statement.

    According to the statement cited by Reuters, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who will lead the Beijing talks for China, will travel to Washington for more discussions starting on 8 May.

    "The subjects of next week's discussions will cover trade issues including intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases, and enforcement," the White House's statement reads as cited by Reuters.    

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    Earlier the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that trade negotiators from the United States and China had set up a draft schedule of meetings that they hope would conclude with a formal signing ceremony as early as 27 May, or the Memorial Day holiday in the United States.

    At the time it was reported that the talks were aimed at ironing out the wording of a final trade agreement that would be signed by US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.    

    US President Donald Trump on 4 April, after meeting with China's Liu at the White House, said he hopes to wrap up a trade deal with China within four weeks.

    Beijing and Washington have been embroiled in a trade dispute since June, when US President Donald Trump announced the United States would impose 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods worth of $50 billion in a bid to fix the US-Chinese trade deficit. Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of trade tariffs.


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