China made no progress in deputy-level trade talks

Galtero Lara
Octubre 10, 2019

But the lower-level talks failed to make progress on key issues, with the Chinese delegation refusing to broach the hot-button issue of forced technology transfers, unnamed sources told the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

On Thursday and Friday, Beijing and Washington are set to engage in the next round of trade talks led by Vice-Premier Liu He on the Chinese side and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on the United States side.

Deputy-level trade talks between United States and Chinese officials this week were supposed to prepare the ground for more fruitful negotiations between top officials scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Washington.

However, the White House denied that Liu planned to leave Washington on Thursday.

But the atmosphere surrounding the talks was soured by the U.S. Commerce Department's decision on Monday to blacklist 28 Chinese public security bureaus, technology and surveillance firms, citing human rights violations of Muslim minority groups in China's Xinjiang province.

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The two sides have been at loggerheads over USA demands that China improve protections of American intellectual property, end cyber theft and the forced transfer of technology to Chinese firms, curb industrial subsidies and increase US companies' access to largely closed Chinese markets.

The two sides have been at loggerheads over USA demands that China improve protections of American intellectual property, end cyber theft and the forced transfer of technology to Chinese firms, curb industrial subsidies and increase US companies' access to largely closed Chinese markets.

US President Donald Trump says his country will raise tariffs on 250-billion dollars' worth of goods from China from the current 25 percent to 30, from October 15th.

Asked if a breakthrough can be expected in this week's talks, an official told CNBC that Trump had not yet made up his mind.

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