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Washington and Beijing just agreed fresh trade talks, but the man leading the US delegation should have China worried

Washington and Beijing just agreed fresh trade talks, but the man leading the US delegation should have China worried
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US and China agree to hold first substantive trade talks since truce was struck at November's G20 summit in Argentina.




US officials will travel to Beijing for talks on Monday and Tuesday next week, with China's Ministry of Commerce saying it hopes the talks will be "positive and constructive."




Jeffrey Gerrish, the US deputy trade representative will lead the delegation travelling from Washington to China.




Gerrish has been mentored by Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative who is particularly hawkish on China.



The US and China on Friday confirmed that they will hold discussions over future trade between the two nations next week, the first such talks since a tentative truce was reached at November's G20 summit in Argentina.
Officials from the Trump administration will travel to Beijing for discussions to be held on Monday and Tuesday, with the ambition that both sides will be able to build on the agreement made in Buenos Aires.
That agreement saw China commit to renewed purchases of US agricultural goods like soybeans, in return for the delay of a fresh swathe of tariffs Washington was set to impose on Chinese goods.
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