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China and the United States agreed to hold high-level trade talks in early October in Washington, China’s commerce ministry said Thursday.
The announcement followed a call earlier in the day between China’s Vice Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website. China’s central bank governor Yi Gang was also on the call.
“Both sides agreed that they should work together and take practical actions to create good conditions for consultations,” the ministry said.
Trade teams from the 2 countries will hold talks in mid-September before the high-level talks next month, the ministry said. Both sides agreed to take actions to create favorable conditions, it said.
A spokesman for the US Trade Representative’s office confirmed that Messrs Lighthizer and Mnuchin spoke with Mr. Liu and said they agreed to hold ministerial-level trade talks in Washington “in the coming weeks.”