China’s top economic official will “likely” visit the U.S. for trade talks in January according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
China’s Vice Premier Liu He, a top trade negotiator, made what appeared to be an unexpected showing at the U.S.-China trade meetings in Beijing early this week.
Mnuchin confirmed to reporters Thursday, “The current intent is that the Vice Premier Liu He will most likely come and visit us later in the month and I would expect the government shutdown would have no impact.” The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Office has continued all operations with existing funds during the partial government shutdown.
This includes trade negotiations.
The U.S. has issued increasing tariffs on Chinese goods and China has issued retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.