No US-China Trade Deal until I Meet with Xi Jinping

The collapse of talks would dash hopes of a lasting truce that would remove one of the darkest clouds hanging over the world economy

US and China launch trade talks amid differences over economic reforms

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House Thursday, the last day of a second round of negotiations aimed at resolving the ongoing trade war between the economic superpowers.

For the U.S., presidential involvement is needed to break the "bureaucratic logjam" between hardliners such as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Trump advisors who fear the trade war's impact upon the U.S. economy and financial markets, he said.

Mr. Trump tweeted ahead of his meeting with Liu Thursday afternoon that "meetings are going well with good intent and spirit on both sides".

President Donald Trump is voicing optimism before he meets with representatives from China for trade talks Thursday.

A 90-day truce in the trade war was declared in December and is set to expire in a month, after which United States tariffs on $200 billion (€174 billion) of Chinese imports would more than double, something that economists say could have a negative impact on the world economy.

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As part of the deal, Trump agreed to postpone the planned increase in tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. "Without this a deal would be unacceptable!" the president also tweeted.

President Donald Trump wants to see a rapid decline in the chronic United States trade deficit that could be hard to achieve without fundamental changes to China's approach to developing its economy and lifting living standards for its 1.4 billion people.

The talks began two days after the United States charged Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, with conspiring to violate USA sanctions on Iran by doing business through a subsidiary it tried to hide.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump, a self-described "Tariff Man", rejected a previous proposal from Beijing to resolve the dispute with increased purchases of U.S. goods.

The US President also addressed the ongoing trade talks between Washington and Beijing. 'But it's a very big deal, that would be if it does happen, it would be by far the largest trade deal ever made'.

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"It can't be settled below that level", William Reinsch, a former Commerce Department official, said of the U.S.

However, his outspoken comments in previous meetings and reports that he sparred with other U.S. officials, caused him to be left on the sidelines of some talks.

Chinese officials are in Washington, D.C., this week for negotiations with top USA officials as the world's top two economies seek and end their trade dispute.

Chinese officials have said their policies do not coerce technology transfers. Asked how the talks were going, Yi flashed a thumbs-up sign.

But US officials don't believe that this will hinder the trade negotiations. This could maintain the threat of US tariffs on Chinese goods for the long term.

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