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 MnuchinMnuchin says White House, Pelosi have deal on top-line budget numbers The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Administration pushes back on quick budget deal: 'We have a way to go' 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 TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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 RossThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP DOJ, Commerce slam House Dems contempt vote as 'political stunt' White House blasts 'shameful and cynical' Barr, Ross contempt vote 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.