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 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 MnuchinThe 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 Democrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer 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 TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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.