China’s Commerce Ministry addresses trade talks

China’s Commerce Ministry addresses trade talks

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Thursday said China-US talks included “extensive, in-depth and detailed exchanges” over trade and structural issues, but gave no details.

The three-day talks that started Monday were the first face-to-face meetings since US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed on 1 December to suspend further action against each other’s imports for 90 days while they negotiate over US complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.

During a regular briefing Thursday, Gao Feng, spokesperson for the Chinese commerce ministry, said both sides showed “serious, careful, and frank attitudes”.

A statement from the Office of the US Trade Representative didn’t characterise the tone of the talks or say what would happen next.

It said US negotiators would await “guidance on the next steps” after reporting back to Washington.

At the briefing, Gao also commented on issues including the first Tesla factory in China and China Russia bilateral trade.

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