White House confirms new trade talks with China

The White House confirmed on Monday a new round of planned trade talks with China.

"Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States will welcome an official delegation from China for a series of meetings starting on February 19, 2019, to discuss the trade relationship between the two countries," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Democrats seize on IRS memo in Trump tax battle No agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess MORE and U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday after a week of senior-level meetings in Beijing to discuss the trade conflict the two countries are engulfed in.

Lighthizer will lead the Tuesday meetings for the U.S. side along with Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Tech gets brief reprieve from Trump's Huawei ban Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, and trade adviser Peter Navarro.

Plans for ongoing talks were made between Trump and Xi during the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires in December.

The leaders agreed to 90 days of negotiations to resolve the trade conflict between the two nations.

According to the White House, China and the U.S. "will also discuss China’s pledge to purchase a substantial amount of goods and services from the United States." 

The White House has said that if the two countries do not reach a deal, existing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports will be increased to 25 percent.

The U.S. is reportedly pressing China to agree to guidelines on intellectual property, technology theft and non-tariff trade barriers.