U.S., China agree to semi-annual talks aimed at reforms, resolving disputes: WSJ


Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Giles ELGOOD and Marguerita Choy, Reuters  

January 11, 2020


(Reuters) - The United States and China have agreed to hold semi-annual talks aimed at pushing for reforms in both countries and resolving disputes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.


The negotiations will be announced on Jan. 15 as part of the signing of a Phase 1 trade deal between the U.S. and China, but will be separate from any second-phase trade negotiations, the Journal reported, adding the effort will be lead by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.


The two sides have been undergoing a trade war for well over a year. Treasury officials were not immediately available to confirm the report.


The talks would revive a practice...






Trump: Phase two China trade talks to start 'right away'


Jonathan Garber, Fox Business

via Yahoo Finance - January 9, 2020


President Trump won't waste any time in beginning talks for a comprehensive trade deal with China.


He told reporters that phase two trade talks with China will begin immediately.


“We’ll start right away negotiating phase two," the president said Thursday at the White House. "I think I might want to wait to finish it till after the election because by doing that I think we can actually make a little bit better deal, maybe a lot better deal."


The president's comments come hours after Beijing confirmed that Liu He, China's top trade negotiator, will lead a delegation to the U.S. next week to sign the phase one trade agreement on Jan. 15.


"Phase one is a phenomenal deal," Trump said Tuesday. "It could be up to $50 billion in farm product."


He touted a recent rally in corn and cattle prices...