China, U.S. to Resume Trade Talks but China Says Demands must Be Met



Yawen Chen and Ben Blanchard | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Thursday it hoped U.S. officials would bring a problem-solving attitude to renewed trade talks in advance of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping next week in Japan.

Negotiations to reach a broad trade deal broke down last month after U.S. officials accused China of backing away from previously agreed commitments.

A telephone call between Trump and Xi on Tuesday, as well as confirmation the two will meet in Japan on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit, have rekindled hopes of a detente.

“The heads of the two trade teams will communicate, according to instructions passed down from the two presidents,” Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters.

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