Trump will meet China’s chief trade negotiator at the White House

U.S. and China flags at the 23rd Session of the U.S. China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) press conference, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in Washington, D.C.   The JCCT holds high-level plenary meetings on an annual basis to review progress made by working groups that focus on a wide variety of trade issues. These working groups meet throughout the year to address topics such as intellectual property rights, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, information technology, tourism, commercial law, environment, and statistics.   Established in 1983, the JCCT is the main forum for addressing bilateral trade issues and promoting commercial opportunities between the United States and China. The2011 JCCT meeting was held in Chengdu, China, where China agreed, among other issues, to improve intellectual property enforcement, delink innovation policies to government procurement preferences, and provide a fair and level playing field in China’s Strategic Emerging Industries. USDA photo by Lance Cheung. 

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump will meet Thursday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Hie, officials said, in a sign that an agreement could be reached to end the customs battle between the two countries.

Trump Liu, also China’s chief trade negotiator, will meet this afternoon at the White House on an official schedule from the president’s office.

US and Chinese negotiators are seeking a binding agreement to respond to Trump’s complaints about years of unfair treatment by US companies by China, which would wipe out duties that threaten companies in both countries.

US officials say China has been using unfair business practices for years by aggressively supporting its companies and stealing US technology.

On March 29, Trump said the negotiations to end the fee-fixing battle with Beijing were going “very well” but said he would only accept “a splendid agreement.”

Trump said US and Chinese negotiators were close to reaching an agreement, but US officials played down expectations of an imminent deal.

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