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China and US to hold trade talks in Beijing next week


US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing for trade talks beginning on April 30, said the White House in a statement on Tuesday.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who will lead the Beijing talks for China, will also travel to Washington for more discussions starting on May 8, according to the statement.

“The subjects of next week’s discussions will cover trade issues including intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases, and enforcement,” the White House said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, said the United States and China were making progress in the talks and he was “cautiously optimistic” about the prospects for striking a deal.

“We’re not there yet, but we’ve made a heck of a lot of progress,” Kudlow, speaking in a luncheon at the National Press Club, said in response to questions from reporters.