Senior Chinese delegates to visit United States for trade war talks

Blanche Robertson
August 16, 2018

Beijing and Washington started a tit-for-tat trade war in July, each imposing 25 per cent tariffs on the other side's goods.

The delegation led by a deputy commerce minister will visit in late August to discuss "issues of mutual concern", the Commerce Ministry announced Thursday. A senior USA government official confirmed the talks and said: "We expect to discuss steps to achieve a more balanced trading relationship".

The statement said China opposed unilateralism and trade protectionism.

A Chinese delegation led by Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen will meet with an American group led by David Malpass later this month.

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"China welcomes dialogue and communication on the basis of reciprocity, equality and integrity", it added.

The Chinese delegation will be led by Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen, who will hold talks with David Malpass, the US Treasury Department's under secretary for worldwide affairs, according to the Chinese statement.

But the discussions failed to reduce tensions as the United States slapped tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods in early July, triggering an immediate dollar-for-dollar retaliation from Beijing.

The Trump administration is due to impose similar increases on an additional $16 billion of Chinese imports on Tuesday.

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