U.S.-China Negotiations Are ‘Picking Up,’ USDA’s Censky Says



Isis Almeida | Bloomberg

Trade discussions between the U.S. and China have picked up as the March 1 truce deadline nears, according to Steve Censky, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Secretary.

A team from the agency was part of the talks last week. The discussions were “productive,” Censky told reporters at an industry conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, Monday.

High-level gatherings in Beijing have made little obvious progress so far, leaving much work to be done before Donald Trump and his counterpart Xi Jinping look to seal a deal at a yet-to-be scheduled summit. Still, Trump said he’s willing to delay further tariff increases that would’ve been triggered March 1, so long as there’s movement toward a “real deal.”

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