China-U.S. Trade Talks Enter Crunch Period as Liu Arrives in DC

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will resume negotiations with his U.S. counterparts in Washington on Wednesday as both governments push for an agreement to end their protracted trade dispute.

The latest round of talks follow discussions last week in Beijing, where Liu met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Outstanding issues include protection for intellectual property and how to enforce any broader trade agreement.

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Liu He, center right, shakes hands with Steven Mnuchin as Yi Gang and Robert Lighthizer pose in Beijing on March 29.

Photographer: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

China touted “new progress” after last week’s talks and both sides have been working line-by-line through the text of an agreement that can be put before Trump and Xi, according to people familiar with the matter. China has already announced various concessions and pledged to open up industries in steps.

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