President Donald Trump, left, talks at the same time that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, second from right, talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, second from left, during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:48AM EDT
BEIJING — China says U.S. trade negotiators will arrive in Beijing late Thursday afternoon and start the new round of talks with a working dinner.
Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said the discussions are expected to last for a full day Friday.
The talks are aimed at ending a tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions amid official suggestions they might be making progress.
Thursday’s meeting is the latest in a rapid-fire series of exchanges seeking to end a conflict that is disrupting trade in goods from soybeans to medical equipment.
President Donald Trump expressed optimism last week, saying, "we’re getting very close."
The dispute erupted after Trump raised duties last year on Chinese imports in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.
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