Executive Intelligence Review


U.S.-China Trade Talks End in Beijing, Focus Includes China Buying More U.S. Goods

Jan. 9, 2019 (EIRNS)—The U.S.-China trade talks ended in Beijing today, an extension by a day of the two-day sessions planned to follow up on the mandate from the Dec. 1, 2018 talks between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping, to reach a resolution of trade disputes by March 1, 2019. The Chinese government is reported to be releasing a statement on the talks tomorrow.

Today, a short statement was released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which ended by saying, “The delegation will now report back to receive guidance on the next steps.” The statement said that the participants in the Beijing meetings discussed “ways to achieve fairness, reciprocity and balance in trade relations between our two countries.” Specifically, their mandate has a

“view to achieving needed structural changes in China with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft of trade secrets for commercial purposes, services, and agriculture. The talks also focused on China’s pledge to purchase a substantial amount of agricultural, energy and manufactured goods, and other products and services from the United States.”