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 MnuchinOn The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada READ: Mnuchin refuses to provide Trump's tax returns Treasury Department rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns 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 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 calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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 RossHillicon 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 Huawei says inclusion on US trade blacklist is in 'no one's interest' Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order to protect US networks from Chinese tech | Huawei downplays order | Trump declines to join effort against online extremism | Facebook restricts livestreaming | FCC proposes new tool against robocalls 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.