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U.S. trade delegation wrapping up meetings in China, hopes of a deal build

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

(Reuters) - The U.S. trade delegation in is "wrapping up" meetings with Chinese officials and will return to the later on Wednesday after a "good few days", a said.

Asian stocks markets jumped after the talks were extended for an unscheduled third day, fuelling optimism that the world's largest economies can strike a trade deal to avoid an all-out confrontation that would severely disrupt the global economy.

Ted McKinney, U.S. Under for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, made the comments to reporters at the delegation's hotel.

"I think they went just fine," McKinney said of the talks. "It's been a good one for us," he said without elaborating.

This week's meetings are the first face-to-face talks since U.S. and Chinese agreed in December to a 90-day truce in a trade war that has roiled global financial markets.

Originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, the negotiations were extended by a day amid signs of progress on issues including purchases of U.S. farm and and increased access to China's markets.

However, people familiar with the talks told on Tuesday that the two sides were further apart on Chinese structural reforms that the is demanding in order to stop alleged theft and forced transfer of U.S. technology, and on how will be held to its promises.

If no deal is reached by March 2, Trump has said he will proceed with raising tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, at a time when China's economy is slowing significantly. Beijing has retaliated in turn to U.S. tariffs.

But as meetings wound down in Beijing on Tuesday evening, Trump tweeted: "Talks with are going very well!"

The U.S. team is led by Deputy U.S. Trade Jeffrey Gerrish, and includes under secretaries from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Treasury, as well as senior officials from the

heads the vice ministerial level talks for China, though Liu He, a top economic adviser to Xi, made an appearance at a meeting on Monday.

is keen to put an end to its trade dispute with the but will not make any "unreasonable concessions" and any agreement must involve compromise on both sides, state newspaper the Daily said on Wednesday.

The paper said in an editorial that Beijing's stance remains firm that the dispute harms both countries and disrupts the international trade order and supply chains.

In what is widely seen as a goodwill gesture, China on Tuesday issued long-awaited approvals for the import of five genetically modified crops, which could boost its purchases of U.S. grains as farmers decide which crops to plant in the spring.

On Monday, Chinese importers made another large purchase of U.S. soybeans, their third in the past month.

(Reporting by in BEIJING and Brenda Goh in SHANGHAI; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by & Kim Coghill)

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 11:28 IST