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Mnuchin in Beijing for crunch US-China trade talks

AFP  |  Beijing 

said he was "looking forward" to crunch negotiations with as he emerged in on Tuesday with global attention focused on whether the two sides can reach a trade deal.

appeared at a hotel a couple of days ahead of scheduled high-level meetings with Chinese officials in the capital, with a March 1 deadline looming to strike an accord.

"It's great to be here back in We're looking forward to several important days of talks," said to reporters.

He then moved on without taking questions.

Mnuchin will be joined by US Trade as well as David Malpass, Donald Trump's nominee to lead the World Bank, in negotiations set for Thursday and Friday.

China's delegation will be led by Liu He, who will be joined by central

Lower level officials had arrived earlier for what the has called preparatory meetings due to start on Monday.

In December, suspended for three months its plan to increase tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese imports -- to 25 per cent from the current 10 per cent -- to allow time for negotiators to work out a trade spat that has triggered fears of a global economic slowdown.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 19:40 IST