Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Top Trump trade officials still at odds after shouting match in Beijing

Top Trump trade officials still at odds after shouting match in Beijing

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is being excluded from talks in Washington, D.C., with top Chinese official Liu He, Bloomberg News reported, citing two administration officials.

Navarro was brought on to the Trump campaign in 2016 after Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, came across the economist's book, "Death By China", during an Amazon search.

Trump administration trade advisor Peter Navarro will reportedly not be taking part in discussions with top Chinese economic advisor Liu He on Thursday, in another sign that momentum is building for the United States and China to strike a deal and avert a costly tariff battle.

China attaches great importance to the role of the U.S. Congress, and is ready to strengthen exchanges with the U.S. legislature, Liu said.

He is Chinese President Xi Jinping's top trade official and was involved in Beijing-based talks with the USA trade delegation two weeks ago.

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A Senate Republican aide said that Hatch doesn't support tariffs and is hopeful the USA won't need to use them, but he wants to ensure the administration can keep them on the table, particularly with China in town this week.

Navarro is a published critic of China's trade policies. He tweeted that he was directing the Commerce Department to ease a seven-year ban on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE doing business with US companies because he was concerned about too many Chinese jobs being lost.

The president surprised many in Washington over the weekend by saying he's working with Xi to help ZTE "get back into business, fast".

In addition to its request on the trade deficit, the USA asked Beijing to stop subsidies for high-tech sectors such as robotics and aerospace that are targeted for development in the "Made in China 2025" plan and to promise not to retaliate against US farm goods for any tariffs that the United States might impose.

"Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the larger trade deal", Trump wrote on Twitter. After the USA unveiled a list of $50 billion in potential tariffs on Chinese products, Beijing responded with plans to implement billions of dollars in reciprocal penalties on US soybeans, cars and other items.

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Mnuchin and Navarro are both very close to Trump, but have much different viewpoints on trade policy. But another senior White House official said that while the three men won't be part of the official delegation, they will participate in the negotiations.

Ahead of the meetings at Treasury, the Chinese delegation has been meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Liu, who is China's top economic official, told USA lawmakers on Wednesday that he would work hard to address the U.S. -China trading relationship, according to House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady. Additionally, lawmakers took the Chinese to task for alleged transfers of USA intellectual property to Chinese firms.

Erin Ennis, vice president at the U.S.

In early April, Kudlow said the Trump administration was considering providing the Chinese with a list of outcomes they were looking for in trade negotiations between the two nations. Asked if the Trump administration will move forward with proposed levies on Chinese goods, Hatch said "I think they will go into effect".

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