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Trade showdown

Trade talks between U.S. and Chinese officials to resume

Andy Uhler Jul 29, 2019
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US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross attend a US and China comprehensive Economic Dialogue in July 2017 in Washington, D.C. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Trade showdown

Trade talks between U.S. and Chinese officials to resume

Andy Uhler Jul 29, 2019
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross attend a US and China comprehensive Economic Dialogue in July 2017 in Washington, D.C. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are set to resume trade negotiations with Chinese officials in Shanghai on July 30, according to White House officials.

Last week, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said he didn’t expect any “grand deal” to come out of the talks, but that negotiations were ready to move forward.

James Green, the top trade official at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing until earlier this year, said U.S. negotiators need to realize that China’s consumers are now buying much more Chinese stuff than even five or 10 years ago. He says there are plenty of other destinations for Chinese goods.

“I think there’s a miscalculation on some in the U.S. that look at China’s trade-weighted GDP and say: ‘Oh, China’s desperate for an agreement.’ I don’t see the macro situation quite that way,” said Green.

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