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Trade deal around the corner? China says tech consultations with US sealed

The Commerce Ministry said both sides agreed to properly address each other's core concerns

Reuters  |  Shanghai 

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He had a phone call with US trade officials as both countries confirmed technical consultations on some parts of a trade agreement were basically completed, China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on Saturday.

Liu spoke with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday night, the statement said.

The Commerce Ministry said both sides agreed to properly address each other's core concerns.

Both sides confirmed the United States will import Chinese-made cooked poultry and catfish products, while China will lift a ban on US poultry, according to the statement. The two countries also agreed on the application of public health information systems for meat products, according to the statement.

The Commerce Ministry said top negotiators from both nations will hold a phone call again soon, and will continue to have negotiations.

Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan, China's central bank Governor Yi Gang, and the National Development and Reform Commission's deputy head Ning Jizhe also joined the phone call, according to the statement.

First Published: Sat, October 26 2019. 09:41 IST
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