Top Chinese official heading to Washington for trade talks

China's economy czar will join trade talks in Washington later this week, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Vice Premier Liu He will lead a Chinese delegation to meet with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: National Portrait Gallery's Kim Sajet says this era rewiring people's relationship with culture, art; Trump's war with Twitter heats up How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response Business groups throw support behind House Democrat's bill to provide pandemic risk insurance MORE and U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerGOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House MORE on Thursday and Friday to try to resolve the trade dispute involving the two nations.


The White House confirmed Monday that talks would continue this week ahead of the 90-day deadline set by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes MORE and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in December.

If the two countries do not reach a deal by March 2, the U.S. has said it will increase existing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent.

Lighthizer will head the U.S. negotiating team along with Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: US tops 100,000 coronavirus deaths with no end in sight | How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response | Tenants fear mass evictions Ross: Trump considering 'whole menu' of options against China on Hong Kong law OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Government predicts busy hurricane season | Report: BLM says oil and gas operators should set their own royalty rates for public lands drilling | Michigan flooding risks damage to hazardous waste sites: report MORE, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, and trade adviser Peter Navarro.

China and the U.S. “will also discuss China’s pledge to purchase a substantial amount of goods and services from the United States” at the meetings, according to the White House.

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