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Top US trade officials to visit China next week for trade talk

Trump says trade agreement with China 'will probably happen'

Lighthizer has repeatedly sought to temper optimism about a consensus, telling lawmakers at a US House hearing in late February that much work remained to be done "both before an agreement is reached and, more importantly, after it is reached, if one is reached".

This comes amid Washington's trade spat with Beijing that escalated after Trump announced in June 2018 that $50 billion worth of Chinese goods would be subject to 25 percent tariffs in a bid to fix the US-Chinese trade deficit.

According to AFP, the back-to-back trips come as Washington and Beijing battle over the final shape of a trade deal, with American officials demanding profound changes to Chinese industrial policy.

Top American trade negotiators are due to travel to Beijing next week for a fresh round of talks, and officials have said they were in the final stages of negotiations on resolving the eight-month trade war with China.

He also said the talks with Beijing were "coming along nicely".

The Trump administration is engaged in ongoing trade talks with both the European Union and China as part of the Republican president's "America First" agenda.

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Trump's comments on Wednesday suggesting a "substantial" extension of tariffs were met with dismay by U.S. retail industry figures who have lobbied for the removal of import taxes, which recent studies show have a far greater impact on U.S. consumers than Chinese exporters.

President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday, March 20, that United States tariffs on Chinese imports could remain in place for a "substantial period", dampening hopes that an agreement would see them lifted soon.

"We get a 25 percent tariff on that segment - that's our best segment by far". Pressed on whether the talks have hit a snag, he said they hadn't: "No, not at all". "They will build their plants in the United States and they have no tariffs", President Trump added.

While most economists dismiss the trade deficit as a measure of the United States economy's strength, President Donald Trump has made the reduction of the trade deficit a key benchmark for his year-long trade war.

"I would say tariffs may be a factor in China", Powell said. "If you're going to sell them to the Americans, make them here", the President argued.

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