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Trade talks with US not broken down, says China

IANS  |  Washington 

Negotiations to resolve the trade row between and the US have not collapsed and will continue soon in Beijing, Chinese and country's negotiating said on Saturday.

Liu was in for two days of negotiations to resolve escalating tensions that have resulted in a hike of US tariffs by Donald Trump, news reported.

Speaking to reporters before returning to Beijing, Liu said "negotiations have not broken down. Quite the opposite: I think they are normal". Small setbacks in bilateral negotiations were inevitable, he added.

"We are cautiously optimistic about the future," said Liu, who described recent meetings as "frank and constructive". Admitting that and still had differences, he said: "We have to go little by little. It's like running a marathon: it gets harder as you reach the last kilometres."

Liu said believed that tariffs were the main trigger to trade confrontations and to reach an agreement all tariffs should be eliminated.

A major sticking point was that the US expected the Asian giant to commit to purchasing and importing a higher volume of US products. "This is a very serious matter," Liu said. "We have made it very clear that we cannot make concessions on issues of principle."

Liu addressed the after the US on Friday increased tariffs to 25 per cent from 10 per cent on Chinese products worth $200 billion. said it would take "the necessary counter-measures".



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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 17:34 IST