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Trump to meet with China official amid trade war

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 5 days ago Michael Collins and David Jackson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has scheduled a meeting with China’s top trade official, Vice Premier Liu He, on Friday as the two countries resume negotiations aimed at ending ongoing trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

"We did very well," Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday following the latest round of talks. "We'll have another one tomorrow."

Earlier Thursday, Trump raised questions about his own commitment to reaching a new trade agreement at this stage of the negotiations.

“They want to make a deal, but do I?” he wrote on Twitter.

Vice Premier Liu He is leading the team of Chinese negotiators taking part in the latest round of trade talks this week in Washington. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are leading the negotiations on behalf of the Trump administration.

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The U.S. and China have been locked in a tit-for-tat trade battle that has dragged on for more than a year amid accusations that Beijing steals technology from U.S. companies and pressures them to hand over trade secrets in order to do business in China.

Trump has slapped tariffs on more than $360 billion in Chinese imports and is planning levies on another $160 billion in Chinese goods on Dec. 15. If those tariffs go into effect as scheduled, that would mean virtually every Chinese product shipped into the U.S. would be subject to a tariff.

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China has retaliated by placing tariffs on more than $75 billion worth of U.S. products, including agriculture products, cars, auto parts, chemicals, whiskey, cigars, clothing and TVs. A second round of tariffs by China is to take effect Dec. 15, the same date the latest U.S. tariffs are scheduled to kick in.

The latest round of trade talks takes place as Trump faces domestic pressures that include an impeachment investigation in which China plays a role.

Last week, lawmakers in both parties assailed Trump for saying that China should investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had business interests in China.

The House Democrats' impeachment investigation centers on Trumps' efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

China has rejected Trump's request, saying it didn't want to get involved in U.S. domestic politics.

Trump told reporters Thursday it didn't matter to him one way or another. "China has to do whatever they want," he said. "If they want to look into something, they can look into it. If they don't want to look into it, they don't have to."

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