China says to have in-depth talks with U.S. on economic, trade issues

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States will have in-depth discussions on economic and trade issues during Chinese Vice Premier Liu He’s U.S. visit next week, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday.

Both sides are currently in touch on the detailed arrangements surrounding his visit on Jan. 30-31, Gao Feng, spokesman at the commerce ministry, told reporters.

Reports the United States has cancelled consultations with China are untrue, Gao said, adding that the two sides have maintained close contact.

“During the upcoming high-level negotiations, both sides will continue to hold in-depth talks on various economic and trade issues of mutual concern,” Gao said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to increase tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on March 2 unless China takes steps to protect U.S. intellectual property.

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