New round of U.S.-China trade talks to begin on Tuesday in Washington

09:28, 19 February 2019

Image: Capitol Building, Washington DC.

On Tuesday, a new round of trade talks between the U.S. and China will take place in Washington as the two countries are trying to resolve the trade war impasse. The White House said on Monday that follow-up sessions will also take place at a higher level later in the week.

Trade Talks are Following a Round of Negotiations in Beijing that Ended Without A Deal 

The new negotiations come after a round that ended in Beijing last week without a deal. Still, officials said the meetings had generated progress on contentious issues between the world's two largest economies.

The talks that will take place in Washington are aimed at "achieving needed structural changes in China that affect trade between the United States and China. The two sides will also discuss China's pledge to purchase a substantial amount of goods and services from the United States," the White House said in a statement.

The higher-level talks starting on Thursday will be led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a man who is a strong proponent of pressing China to end practices that the United States says include forced technology transfers from U.S. companies and intellectual property theft.

China, which has denied such practices, has confirmed that Vice Premier Liu He will visit Washington on Thursday and Friday for the talks.


Image: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The White House said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro would also take part in the talks.

What Will Happen in Case of a No Deal?

U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in imports from China are set to rise to 25% from 10% if no deal is reached by March 1.

Trump, who suggested last week that he could extend the deadline for the talks, reiterated in a speech on Monday that the negotiations had been fruitful.

"We're making a lot of progress. Nobody expected this was going to be happening," he told a crowd in Florida.


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