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China Agrees to Resume U.S. Trade Negotiations

May 08 , 2019

China is sending its top trade envoy to Washington to resume negotiations and confront U.S. demands that Beijing detail the laws it would change as a part of a trade deal, ahead of a deadline set by President Trump to raise tariffs on Chinese goods.

After two days of uncertainty in which President Trump called for the higher tariffs and Chinese officials considered pulling out of the talks, Beijing announced Tuesday that Vice Premier Liu He will travel to Washington for negotiations starting Thursday, a day later than planned.

At the top of the agenda is a U.S. demand that a trade agreement lay out an inventory of laws and regulations that Beijing must revise for compliance, according to people briefed on the negotiations. China has objected to including the list, the people said. The U.S., though, sees it as essential to ensuring China delivers on promises of structural change.

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