Chinese delegation plans to travel to Washington to sign trade deal

In this file photo, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is seen departing trade talks in Washington on Oct 10, 2019.
In this file photo, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is seen departing trade talks in Washington on Oct 10, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Chinese trade delegation is planning to travel to Washington on Jan 13 for the signing of the US-China Phase 1 trade deal, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday (Jan 5), citing a source briefed on the matter.

The Chinese delegation will return on Jan 16, SCMP said.

The trade delegation, led by Vice-Premier Liu He, had originally planned to set off earlier in the month, but had to change plans after US President Donald Trump sent a tweet claiming that he would sign the Phase 1 trade deal with China on Jan 15.

After a full afternoon's discussion, the Chinese side decided to revise their plan to accommodate Mr Trump, SCMP said.

Washington and Beijing have yet to officially confirm Mr Liu's visit.

Mr Trump had first announced plans for the initial trade pact in October, and US and Chinese negotiators spent weeks finalising the Phase 1 deal, which comes in lieu of the massive trade agreement that the world's two largest economies had initially sought.