China says Vice-Premier Liu He to visit US for trade talks Jan 30-31

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He at an event marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Dec 18, 2018.
Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He at an event marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Dec 18, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He will visit the United States on Jan 30 and 31 for the next round of trade negotiations with Washington, China’s Commerce Ministry said on Thursday (Jan 17), confirming earlier reports of the planned talks.  

Mr Liu’s scheduled visit follows lower-level negotiations held in Beijing last week aimed at resolving a bitter trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies ahead of a scheduled March 2 escalation of US tariffs on US$200 billion (S$271 billion) worth of Chinese goods. 

Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng confirmed Mr Liu’s visit during a weekly press briefing. 

A source familiar with White House planning for the negotiations said this week that Mr Liu had accepted an invitation to go to Washington for talks with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the last two days of January.