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China, U.S.: Trade Talks Remain on Track Despite Visit Cancellation

1 MIN READSep 23, 2019 | 20:11 GMT

What Happened: Trade talks between Beijing and Washington have not been derailed despite the cancellation of a planned Sept. 20 Chinese delegation's trip to farming areas in the United States, Bloomberg reported Sept. 22, noting that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer had called off the visit. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump said over the weekend that he wanted a "complete deal" with China.

Why It Matters: Trump's push for a comprehensive deal, rather than a smaller initial pact, could complicate the chances of success of such an agreement, as negotiations would be more likely to break down during lengthy talks for a larger deal, thereby leading to more reciprocal tariffs.

Background: Last month, Trump said the United States would apply more tariffs against China on Sept. 1, Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. The president later delayed the October tariffs until Oct. 15 so that they would not coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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