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Chinese Vice Premier likely to visit US for trade talks

11 January 2019 03:34 PM  Company: []
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NEW YORK - Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is reportedly scheduled to visit Washington on January 30 and 31 for further trade talks.

According to people familiar with the matter, Mr Liu would meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin during the visit.

"The current intent is that the Vice Premier Liu He will most likely come and visit us later in the month, and I would expect the [US] government shutdown would have no impact," Mr Mnuchin told the press in Capitol Hill as quoted by Reuters.

The US government has been in a partial shutdown as the feud between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding of a proposed wall on the US-Mexico border continues to escalate.

Mr Liu serves as a key economic adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping and is in charge of holding talks with the US. Negotiators from both the US and China expressed optimism after mid-level talks were completed in Beijing this week, boosting sentiment across global markets.

However, no detail has been revealed as to what was agreed at the meetings in Beijing. (MS)