U.S., Chinese officials show signs of trade progress in Shanghai

U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin meet China Vice Premier Liu in China

U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin meet China Vice Premier Liu in China

The group then went behind closed doors for around four hours in the first face-to-face negotiations since Trump agreed to a truce with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in June following a breakdown a month earlier.

"China. was supposed to start buying our agricultural product now - no signs that they are doing so".

"When one is ill it is useless to ask someone else to take the medicine", said Hua Chunying, when asked about the talks wrapping up in Shanghai.

China's trade minister Zhong Shan played a more prominent role in the discussions than in previous rounds.

China's Commerce Ministry said "both sides. had a candid, highly effective, constructive and deep exchange on major trade and economic issues of mutual interest".

Relations between the two governments have worsened since trade talks collapsed in May, when the United States said Beijing had reneged on commitments to make wide-ranging trade policy reforms. Trump has raised tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports while Beijing responded by taxing $110 billion of US products.

Separately on Twitter, Trump warned that if he wins in 2020, "the deal that they get will be much tougher than what we are negotiating now. or no deal at all".

Trump on Tuesday warned China against waiting out his first term to finalise any trade deal, saying if he wins re-election in the November 2020 USA presidential contest, the outcome will be worse for China. The Americans attended a dinner at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on Tuesday evening, and talks are scheduled to pick up again on Wednesday in China's bustling port city.

The talks were relatively brief and the negotiators emerged a little earlier than expected, for a group photo before the United States trade officials left for the airport without speaking to reporters.

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"I believe the United States should show more sincerity and good faith when it comes to trade negotiations".

Reuters is out with the latest update on the much-awaited US-China trade talks, citing that the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shook hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He before beginning trade talks in Shanghai on Wednesday.

After the Trump administration announced steep tariffs on all imports of steel and aluminum to the U.S., China responded with retaliatory tariffs.

Expectations were already low before the talks, and officials on both sides were keeping a low profile throughout their Shanghai trip.

The US has banned Huawei, the world's leader in telecom equipment and the number two smartphone producer, over concerns of security and Washington has been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of the Chinese telecom firm.

But so far, US semiconductor and software makers are still mostly in the dark about the administration's plans. Speaking to reporters at an event in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he's received more than 50 applications for special licenses for companies do business with Huawei, and that he and Trump met with "supply chain" representatives last week.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China's nationalistic Global Times tabloid, run by the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, wrote on Twitter that the negotiators had "efficient and constructive" exchanges.

Negotiators in Shanghai are also expected to discuss the fate of telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Ltd. Washington put the company, China's first global tech brand, on a security list in May that blocks purchases of US components and technology.

That hints at the signals we can expect to see from the United States between now and the resumption of talks in September.

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