USA team to visit China for trade talks next week

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to meet Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, President Xi's top economic adviser, later this month, a source said.

Both governments have raised tariffs on billions of United States dollars of each other's goods in the dispute over USA complaints that Beijing breaches its market-opening obligations by stealing or pressuring companies to hand over technology.

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead a working-level team to China next week for the first round of face-to-face trade talks.

"We have a massive trade negotiation going on with China".

The Ministry of Commerce said Friday the two days of talks are aimed at carrying out last month's agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone new tariff hikes in their battle over Beijing's technology policy.

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U.S. factory activity slowed more than expected in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), while Chinese data on Monday showed its manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in more than two years.

Asian markets rebounded Friday on hopes that upcoming trade talks between the US and China will calm a trade dispute that has rattled global markets. "I think there are a heck of a lot of USA companies that have a lot of sales in China that are basically going to be watching their earnings be downgraded next year until you know we get a deal with China". Both countries chose to suspend imposition of new tariffs on each other for the next 90 days and implement consensus that were reached between both presidents during the G20 meeting earlier this month. For the 2018 full year, Apple shares fell 7 percent, though they are up about 24 percent since Trump took office in January 2017. They criticize his tactics but echo US complaints about Chinese industrial policy and market barriers.

China and the USA reached a truce on the trade war and agreed to settle disputes in 90-day talks that will end on March 1.

In a separate statement on Friday, USTR said the delegation will also include Under Secretaries from the US Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Treasury, as well as senior officials from those agencies and the White House. They complain China's companies are treated unfairly in national security reviews of proposed corporate acquisitions, though nearly all deals are approved unchanged.

Some manufacturers that serve the United States have shifted production to other countries.

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