United States officials arrive in China for trade talks as deadline looms

United States officials arrive in China for trade talks as deadline looms

United States officials arrive in China for trade talks as deadline looms

U.S. President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday he is open to postponing a trade deadline with China if negotiators make sufficient progress on a deal.

"I could see myself letting that slide for a little while", Trump of the March 2 deadline.

This week, China and the United States are planning a new round of trade talks in Beijing. After all, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthzer, along with US Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, are scheduled to meet with the Chinese vice premier in Beijing to try and finalize a deal before the newly scheduled tariffs arrive next month.

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If no deal is reached by that date the USA has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese imports by 15-percent, but White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has said the president would consider extending the trade truce if progress is made during negotiations. However, amid pressure from the business community for the two sides to resolve the dispute, CNBC cited a senior administration official saying the March 1 deadline could be pushed back. "[Trump] wants to meet with President Xi very soon".

Trade talks between the US and China have resumed and China is reportedly upbeat.

"We respect all countries' right for freedom of navigation and flight under worldwide law, but we firmly oppose any action to jeopardize the sovereignty and security of countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation", Hua said Monday. The situation could get worse as a truce on tariffs is set to expire in early March.

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"He has forged a mutually respectful relationship with President Xi", Conway said. While those purchases will provide relief to USA farmers, there has been no breakthrough on the structural issues separating the two nations, such as industrial policy, government subsidies, protection of intellectual property or forced transfers of technology. It has also imposed a 10 percent tariff on another $200 billion of made-in-China goods.

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China has lashed out at the United States in the wake of another "freedom of navigation" exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea, accusing Washington of undermining "peace" and "security".

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