Trump says China trade deal deadline could slide

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Investors will be looking to see if both sides can hammer out a deal before a March 1st deadline to avert higher USA tariffs on Chinese goods.

USA negotiators will likely continue to urge China to make structural reforms and end what the US claims to be unfair trade practices.

A second source said that Xi is expected to meet the USA delegation in Beijing this week, although the specific timing has not yet been confirmed.

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The comments came as the third round of trade negotiations were set to resume in Beijing to avert more than doubling tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. And President Donald Trump's aggressive strategy has failed to produce a reduction in the United States trade deficit with China, which he set as a primary goal.

Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrived in Beijing on Tuesday and are scheduled to hold talks on Thursday and Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the top economic adviser to Xi.

US officials have said March 1st is a hard deadline, but President Trump has suggested a possible extension if progress was being made.

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White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway said a meeting was still possible soon, telling Fox News Channel that Trump wants a deal with China, but it must be "fair to Americans, and American workers and American interests". But the two sides are only just starting the work of drafting a common document and are still tussling over how a deal may be enforced, which US officials have repeatedly called a crucial element. Washington is demanding far-reaching changes from China to address unfair practices it says are deeply unfair, including theft of American intellectual property and the massive Chinese trade surplus. "Right now it is in place but that is right now", the official told CNBC.

The latest round of talks in Beijing kicked off on Monday with discussions among deputy-level officials to try to work out technical details, including a mechanism for enforcing any trade agreement. The main delegation also includes David Malpass, whom President Donald Trump has nominated to be president of the World Bank and who has worked to limit the bank's assistance to Beijing.

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