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US-China trade talks extended till Wednesday

IANS  |  Beijing/Washington 

The trade talks between US and Chinese officials that began in on Monday, has been extended till Wednesday, according to a for the American

The extension was a fresh sign that discussions were moving in a positive direction as staff for the two sides meet face to face for the first time since and his Chinese counterpart agreed last December to restart talks, quoted the as saying on Tuesday.

said ahead of the meeting that it would last only two days.

The Trump administration, in its own notice announcing the US delegation, did not specify how long the visit would last, saying only that talks between the two countries were "beginning Monday".

An informed source told that negotiators between the world's two largest economies needed more time to discuss issues that were part of the agenda.

On Tuesday, also announced it would approve the imports of five new varieties of genetically modified crops, a move that would allow more American farmers to sell more biotech seeds to

The decision included long-awaited approvals by US farmers.

However, it currently remains unclear exactly how deeply negotiators have been able to delve into tougher issues including forced and subsidies.

US officials are expected to host China's top trade negotiator, Liu He, in later this month.

The US delegation to is being led by Jeff Gerrish, deputy to the US

In addition to Gerrish, the official delegation will also include David Malpass, the Treasury Department's

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 08:46 IST
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