China says trade talks to resume in Washington next week

U.S. trade officials met with their Chinese counterparts and other top officials in Beijing on Friday, where the two sides worked to resolve a trade dispute that has engulfed the two countries for months.

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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal MORE and U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday after a week of senior-level meetings in Beijing. Further discussions are planned for Washington D.C. next week.

Representatives from the U.S. and China have been negotiating since the beginning of the year in an attempt to resolve a costly trade war that has so far led to back-and-forth tariff action from both governments.

 

Reuters reports that Xi touted the talks' progress on Chinese state television Friday, while expressing his hope that negotiators could continue to work towards a "mutually beneficial" outcome next week in Washington.

“The consultations between the two sides’ teams achieved important step-by-step progress,” Xi said, according to Reuters.

“Next week, both sides will meet again in Washington. I hope you will continue efforts to advance reaching a mutually beneficial, win-win agreement,” he reportedly added.

Reuters reports that Lighthizer told journalists the two sides had made "headway" with this week's talks.

“We feel that we have made headway on very, very important, and very difficult issues. We have additional work to do but we are hopeful,” Lighthizer reportedly said after the talks.

China and the Trump administration have battled for months over alleged unfair trade practices, which the U.S. says Chinese companies often engage in. China has denied using unfair trade practices and has imposed its own tariffs on products manufactured or grown in states that supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE during the 2016 election.