China and US kick off high-level trade talks in Beijing.
Negotiators from China and the United States have begun senior-level talks in Beijing aimed at ending a major trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.
Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Thursday that China’s Vice Premier Liu He met US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The US had threatened to raise tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent on March 1 if Beijing failed to agree to Washington’s demands to amend its trade practices.
But US President Donald Trump earlier this week said he was open to extending the deadline if the talks in Beijing progressed.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump struck an optimistic tone ahead of the discussions in the Chinese capital