US trade officials to visit China soon, Trump says

A ZTE booth at an expo in Beijing

A ZTE booth at an expo in Beijing

Trump, speaking at the White House following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, also said the US was engaged in serious trade talks with the European Union, adding that US-France trade relations were very good.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and other officials will make the trip at Beijing's behest, the president told reporters. "I think China is very serious; we're very serious". He went on to note that if they can't reach a reach a trade agreement then the proposed tariffs on Chinese imports would go into effect, Hong Kong-based iFeng reports.

Trump has authorised tariffs on about US$50 billion (S$66 billion) in Chinese exports in response to China's alleged theft of American intellectual property.

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And in a sign of progress, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed earlier this month to open China's market wider to foreign companies, raising hopes the dispute with Washington could be resolved.

While some of the rhetoric around the trade tariffs on China has ceased down over the past couple of weeks, the prospect of a trade war has not. China has received information regarding Mnuchin's possible trip to China and China welcomes this information, China's Ministry of Commerce said on Sunday.

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