Lighthizer, Mnuchin to travel to China for latest round of trade talks

Lighthizer, Mnuchin to travel to China for latest round of trade talks
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United States Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerOn 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 The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinFive key players in Trump's trade battles Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Trump phoned bank CEOs as stock market plunged Wednesday: report MORE will go to Beijing for trade talks beginning April 30, the White House announced Tuesday.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will head the negotiations for China and then bring a delegation to Washington for additional talks beginning May 8, the White House said in a statement. 

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The negotiations will cover trade topics including intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases and enforcement.

Washington and Beijing have engaged in a series of tit-for-tat trade measures against each other over the past year, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE frequently railing against Beijing's trade practices and intellectual property theft, among other things.

Mnuchin said earlier this month that the two countries had agreed on a mechanism for enforcing the trade deal. Trump has also said they are moving closer to a deal. 

"If we have a deal there’ll be a summit," he said earlier this month. 

Trump has imposed $250 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports. China retaliated with tariffs of its own on billions in American agricultural exports.

Both sides in December agreed to halt new tariffs. They further extended the pause in February. Trump at the time said "substantial progress" was being made in the negotiations.