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Mixed messages after US-China trade talks show ‘no progress’

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JUST hours after US President Donald Trump said he expects a trade deal to be reached with China soon, America’s top trade negotiator refuted those claims, saying no progress has been made on key structural issues with Beijing.

Republican US Senator Chuck Grassley relayed his conversation with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to the press on Tuesday. Although there were some positives to the discussions, such as China resuming purchases of soybeans, Lighthizer’s appraisal of the negotiations was largely negative.

“He (Lighthizer) said that there hasn’t been any progress made on structural changes that need to be made,” Grassley said, as reported by Reuters. He made the comments in his weekly conference call with reporters, adding that those issues would include intellectual property, stealing trade secrets and........

© Asian Correspondent