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China Says Trade Talks with U.S. Have Concluded
USAgNet - 01/09/2019

Three days of trade negotiations between midlevel American and Chinese officials ended in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon with progress in identifying and narrowing the two sides' differences but little sense of when they might reach a deal.

The New York Times is reporting that the trade talks could help clear the way for higher-level talks later this month, when President Trump attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Vice Premier Liu He, China's economic czar, is expected to come to Washington sometime after that.

A United States government official confirmed that the talks had ended but declined to elaborate. Chinese officials had no immediate comment, although the Commerce Ministry is expected to address the negotiations during its weekly news conference on Thursday.

While neither side issued a statement, the talks have raised prospects that the two sides could reach some kind of deal in the weeks before a March 2 White House deadline for raising tariffs on roughly two-fifths of annual American imports from China, the Times reports.

The scheduled two-day talks extended into a third day as American officials pressed China for more details on how it will live up to its commitments, said people with knowledge of the negotiations, who insisted on anonymity to avoid disrupting the talks.

China has made a series of offers to the Trump administration in recent weeks to end the trade war. But many of the administration's trade hawks regard them as nebulous, especially when it comes to Chinese trade practices that administration officials consider unfair.

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