U.S. and Chinese officials spoke by phone on Thursday as the world’s two largest economies seek to end a year-long trade conflict, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggesting in-person talks may observe.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Mnuchin spoke with their Chinese counterparts over the phone, Lighthizer’s office mentioned on Thursday, following earlier feedback by the Treasury secretary in an interview on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in Chantilly, France.
The United States and China have been enmeshed in a tit-for-tat tariff battle since July 2018, as Washington presses Beijing to deal with what it sees as decades of unfair and illegal trading practices.
China has countered that any deal must be fair and equitable, leaving the two sides nonetheless removed from a settlement to end the back-and-forth that has roiled global supply chains and upended monetary markets.
Proper now we have principal-level calls, and to the extent that it is smart for us to arrange in-individual conferences, I might anticipate that we might be doing that,” Mnuchin told Reuters.
Requested if Thursday’s name may result in an in-particular person assembly, Mnuchin stated: “It’s doable. However, I’m not going to invest in the result.”
Lighthizer’s office later confirmed that the dialog passed off as scheduled, however, gave no particulars.
Separately, Su Ge, China’s former ambassador to Iceland and former president of the China Institute of International Studies, an assume tank affiliated with China’s Foreign Ministry, stated he expected more formal discussions to resume this month.