CHINA Chinese vice premier to visit the US this month for trade talks

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Chinese vice premier to visit the US this month for trade talks

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15:24, January 17, 2019

Chinese vice premier Liu He will visit the US from Jan. 30 to 31 at the invitation of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng announced on Thursday, for talks on China-US trade issues.

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Liu was invited by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and the two sides will work to facilitate the implementation of the two presidents' consensus, Gao said. 

The latest round of trade talks between the two countries was a vice-ministerial level meeting held in Beijing January 7-9.

That was the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump agreed not to impose new tariffs for a period of 90 days during the G20 summit in Argentina in December. 

Since then, the US has agreed not to levy new tariffs on Chinese products until March, while China has suspended additional tariffs on US vehicles.

Although the China-US trade spat seems to head towards a positive direction, Chinese products, particularly high-tech product exports, face challenges. Some Western countries have recently taken measures to reject or impose restrictions on buying Chinese high-tech products. 

"Some countries said that China's high-tech products have security risks, which is a groundless criticism. China's technological innovation and development is not threatening the world. We hope the fruits of our technological development can be shared by the globe. And we will continue supporting Chinese companies to have international cooperation based on mutual-benefits," said Gao.  

(With input from CGTN)

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