US's Mnuchin to lead trade talks with China

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"We increased the inspection ratio of American pork", China's Customs Bureau told news agency AFP on Wednesday, calling the practice "in line with global norms".

Peter Navarro, who was seen as having a more dominant role with the departure of White House economic advisor Gary Cohn over trade issues, was left off the list, although the statement said "Additional senior Administration Officials will also participate".

On March 23, Trump had imposed massive trade tariffs amounting to Dollars 60 billion on China, in an effort to stop the latter from stealing "intellectual property" from American companies.

In a meeting with USA business leaders in Beijing, Vice President Wang Qishan struck a more conciliatory tone.

Trump's latest Twitter salvo comes at a delicate moment for USA trade policy, as the United States works on several fronts to resolve disputes with major trading partners. "Maybe that's just the president wants to have a great relationship with the president of China, which is good".

The moves against waste imports have thrown the American recycling industry into a tailspin as China was one of the most important destinations for USA trash. "In return China removes tariffs on United States farmers who did no wrong".

Another Republican, Senator John Kennedy, defended Trump, saying that the president's approach is part of a larger set of negotiations with China.

Trump on Monday partly defended his decision to revisit penalties on ZTE for flouting U.S. sanctions on trade with Iran, saying that it was reflective of the larger trade deal the USA is negotiating with China.

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"They are basically conducting an all-out assault to steal what we've already developed and use it as the baseline for their development so they can supplant us as the leader in the most important technologies of the 21st century", Rubio said at a US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Asia policy. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, Hatch's spokeswoman said.

"We also have to understand that China is an adversary, and I think long-term they're actually our biggest adversary, whether that's economic or military", said Kinzinger. "We can't let them do some of these things that really fly in the face of reasonable global law without some sort of response by us".

Trump said Sunday he and Chinese President Xi Jinping were exploring ways to get the company "back into business fast".

Senate Democrats are urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his plans for helping Chinese telecommunications company ZTE get back into business.

ZTE was fined $1.2 billion in March 2017 but last month it was hit with a steeper sanction, prohibiting United States firms from supplying it with needed parts after the Commerce Department found the company had lied multiple times and failed to take actions against employees responsible for sanctions violations on Iran and North Korea.

"Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the larger trade deal", Trump said on Twitter.

He also said he had not yet seen China's demands, adding "the US has very little to give, because it has given so much over the years".

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