US, Chinese officials to meet Thursday for trade talks

US, Chinese officials to meet Thursday for trade talks
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Top Trump administration officials will host a delegation of Chinese officials this week for trade talks, the White House announced Monday.

Negotiations will start back up on Thursday when Vice Premier Liu He and other Chinese officials meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerGOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues On The Money: Senate Dems pump brakes on new stimulus checks | Trump officials sued over tax refunds | Fed to soon open small-business lending program Schumer slams Trump's Rose Garden briefing on China as 'pathetic' MORE.

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"The two sides will look to build on the deputy-level talks of the past weeks," White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamPence names new press secretary McEnany: Prayer 'made a lot of difference' in 2016 election McEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation MORE said in a statement. "Topics of discussion will include forced technology transfer, intellectual property rights, services, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, and enforcement."

Discussions between the U.S. and China have been stalled in recent months as the two sides have engaged in a tit-for-tat escalation of their trade war. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE agreed to delay a planned increase in tariffs earlier this month while China celebrated its 70th anniversary of communist rule. But if talks this week falter, tariffs on more than $250 billion in Chinese imports are set to rise from 25 percent to 30 percent on Oct. 15. 

Another tranche of 10 percent tariffs on more than $125 billion in Chinese products are also set to kick in on Dec. 15, targeting hundreds of crucial consumer goods.

Trump has repeatedly said he is in no rush to reach a deal with the Chinese and that he would prefer to have a full agreement in place rather than signing off on piecemeal aspects. But experts have warned the lingering trade war could damage the economy, which in turn could threaten Trump's reelection prospects.

This week's negotiations will take place under a cloud of controversy after Trump last week said he believes China should investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE and his son over unfounded allegations of corruption.

The comments further fueled House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into whether Trump abused his office for personal gain. The inquiry was set off by a call in July in which Trump urged the Ukrainian president to "look into" the Bidens.