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China, US start trade talks ahead of tariff deadline

AP  |  Beijing 

US and Chinese negotiators have begun trade talks says will help decide whether he postpones a planned tariff increase on USD 200 billion of imports from

Businesspeople and economists say the two days of talks that started Thursday are unlikely to resolve a fight over Beijing's

They say Chinese negotiators are trying to persuade Trump they are making enough progress to postpone the March 2 duty increase.

The chief US envoy, Trade Robert Lighthizer, and his Chinese counterpart, Liu He, shook hands at the start of the meeting at a government guesthouse but said nothing to reporters.

Trump agreed in December to postpone further punitive duties on Chinese goods while the two sides negotiate. That suspension expires March 1.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 10:20 IST