Chinese Vice Premier Liu Hu to visit Washington next week for signing Phase 1 trade deal

On Thursday, China’s commerce ministry stated, Vice Premier Liu He, who heads China’s negotiation team in the U.S.-China trade talks, will be visiting Washington next week to sign the “Phase 1” trade agreement.

Liu’s Washington visit will be for the period of January 13 to January 15, said Gao Feng, spokesman for China’s commerce ministry.

On December 31, U.S. President Donald Trump had said he wants to sign the Phase 1 trade deal on January 15 at the White House. He had also mentioned that he would sign the deal with “high-level representatives of China”, and that he would later travel to Beijing to begin negotiations on the next phase of the trade deal.

The Phase 1 trade deal, reached last month, is expected to address U.S. concerns over intellectual property, an increase in Chinese purchase of U.S. farm, energy and manufacturing goods as well as a slashing of tariffs.

No version of the agreement has been made public so far.

Chinese officials have yet to publicly commit to key U.S. concerns.

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