lørdag 5. januar 2019

Inside the US delegation for China trade war talks: Washington’s big guns will be absent

The US delegation that will head to Beijing on Monday for the next round of trade war negotiations will lack some of the high-ranking officials who took part in previous high-stakes meetings, the United States Trade Representative's Office confirmed on Friday. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US President Donald Trump’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, will all be absent from the delegation, led by deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish.

It is the first time officials from both sides have met for such discussions since the US and China called a truce in their trade war last December. US President Donald Trump said on Friday that talks between Washington and Beijing aimed at resolving a bitter trade dispute were going “very well.”