China to buy 'significantly' more US goods and services after trade talks

China to buy 'significantly' more US goods and services after trade talks
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China has agreed to purchase more U.S. goods and services following a second day of trade talks between Washington and Beijing on Friday.

In a joint statement issued Saturday, the U.S. and China said "there was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China."

"To meet the growing consumption needs of the Chinese people and the need for high-quality economic development, China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and services," the statement reads. "This will help support growth and employment in the United States."

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But according to The Wall Street Journal, Chinese negotiators resisted demands from Washington to cut the trade deficit between the two countries in half. China was also cautious about committing to specific purchases of U.S. goods and services.

Still, "both sides agreed on meaningful increases in United States agriculture and energy exports," the statement said.

Senior U.S. officials — including Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report: Where the Mueller probe stands Treasury releases proposed rules on major part of Trump tax law Dems ask Mnuchin to probe Russian investment in state election tech MORE, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerMcConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Turkey in crisis as lira hits new low | Watchdog calls for Wilbur Ross stock probe | CBO downgrades growth projection for 2018 Watchdog accuses Wilbur Ross of violating conflict of interest laws, calls for probe into finances FCC commissioner: US in 'great shape' in 5G network race with China, other countries MORE have been participating in talks with Chinese officials about a potential trade deal as the countries seek to stave off a trade war.

The Trump administration has proposed stiff tariffs on $150 billion in Chinese products. In turn, Beijing has threatened duties on $50 billion in U.S. products. The tit-for-tat has raised concerns of a looming trade war between the world's two largest economies.

President Trump raised doubts this week about a potential trade deal with China, saying that Beijing had "become very spoiled" in its past dealings with the U.S.

"You've never seen people come over from China to work on a trade deal. Now, will that be successful? I tend to doubt it," Trump told reporters during a meeting with the NATO secretary-general.

"The reason I doubt it is because China has become very spoiled. The European Union has become very spoiled."