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 LighthizerPelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House On The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Chinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies Two new Trump executive orders will shape up Treasury and hold bureaucracy accountable Trump has floated Mnuchin, Conway for White House chief of staff: report 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 GrishamDiplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations White House to cancel subscriptions to New York Times, Washington Post after Trump remarks Bill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings 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 TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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 BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment 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.