Economy, Americas

US trade delegation to visit China

Treasury chief, trade rep. to visit Beijing Feb. 14-15

08.02.2019
US trade delegation to visit China

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON

The U.S. announced Friday a delegation led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will visit Beijing next week for trade talks.

Lighthizer and Mnuchin will hold principal-level meetings Feb. 14-15 in the Chinese capital, the White House said in a statement.

The talks will be preceded by deputy-level negotiations beginning Feb. 11 led by Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish.

The U.S. and China wrapped up the last round of trade negotiations last week in Washington amid a 90-day pause in the countries' trade war agreed to by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

The cease-fire expires March 2 at which point U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports are set to climb to 25 percent.

Trump said Thursday it is unlikely he will meet with Xi before the deadline.

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