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 LighthizerBob LighthizerBiden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Whiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election 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 GrishamFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover 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 TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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 BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles 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.