U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday he hopes for "productive" trade meetings in China this week, as the two countries seek to hammer out an agreement amid a festering dispute that has seen both level tariffs at each other.
"The key is whether the US and China can find common ground", said He Weiwen, a former commerce ministry official and now a senior fellow at the Center for China and Globalization, an independent research group.
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US officials have said March 1st is a hard deadline, but President Trump has suggested a possible extension if progress was being made.
"But at some point, I expect to meet with President Xi, who I have a lot of respect for and like a lot, and make the parts of the deal that the group is unable to make", Trump said. And top White House economist Larry Kudlow said Thursday that while Trump was "optimistic" about prospects for a deal, there remained a "sizable distance" separating the two sides.
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Uncertainty whether the leaders will meet to finalize an agreement has stoked concerns that negotiations are faltering as the March 1 deadline approaches. But the two sides are only just starting the work of drafting a common document and are still tussling over how a deal may be enforced, which USA officials have repeatedly called a crucial element.
The US negotiators had been preparing for pressing China next week to reform its intellectual property transfer right rules in order to seal a decipherable deal, which could prevail further losses resulted in the tariff war, the amount of which could breach trillions.
The world's two largest economies are trying to hammer out a deal before a March 1 deadline, after which United States tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent.
The next leg of trade talk is due to resume in Beijing on Monday, the 11th of February, which will also be followed by a high-level talk between February 14th and 15th.