US, Chinese officials try to head off trade war

US, Chinese officials try to head off trade war

President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro will take part in talks this week with China's top economic envoy aimed at defusing a brewing trade war with the US, a White House official said, indicating a shift from earlier plans.

Trump administration trade advisor Peter Navarro will reportedly not be taking part in discussions with top Chinese economic advisor Liu He on Thursday, in another sign that momentum is building for the USA and China to strike a deal and avert a costly tariff battle.

Neither country has imposed the tariffs.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will lead the talks with Liu in Washington on Thursday and Friday.

Navarro, author of the book Death by China, has been the loudest "nationalist" voice on trade policy in the administration and a major advocate for punitive tariffs on Chinese goods to try to force Beijing to change its trade practices.

Mr Peter Navarro, who was seen as having a more dominant role with the departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn over trade issues, was left off the list, although the statement said, "Additional senior administration Officials will also participate".

The tariffs, which target Chinese electrical and machinery part, autos and flat-screen television sets, could take effect in early June, and may be followed by an additional round targeting US$100 billion worth of Chinese goods yet to be identified.

China has promised to retaliate in equal measure, targeting US soybeans, aircraft, autos and other goods for additional tariffs, causing USA farm commodity prices to fall.

One person close to Navarro said the White House official believes he is the target of a leak campaign meant to further sideline him during the Liu visit, at perhaps the most pivotal moment in the trade talks between the US and China.

A senior White House official and a source familiar with the matter said Navarro is not now expected to take part in the talks.

U.S. -Chinese trade relations are on shaky ground.

"They are certainly mindful of impending threats of tariffs", Neal said.

The lawmakers said the meeting did not address Trump's pledge on Sunday to help Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp get back in business after a Commerce Department ban cut off its supply of US components.

It is also not the first time Swan has reported on a feud brewing in the Trump administration over the China trade deal.

"We have not seen China's demands yet, which should be few in that previous U.S. Administrations have done so poorly in negotiating".

Two top trade advisers to President Donald Trump had an expletive packed-shouting match during their trip to Beijing earlier this month, three people familiar with the exchange said, part of an ongoing turf war that's dividing the team negotiating new trade arrangements with China. The U.S. has very little to give, because it has given so much over the years.

Trump tweeted his support for ZTE earlier this week, putting the president at odds with the Commerce Department and its decision to impose trade restrictions on the company amid allegations it violated US sanctions.

Navarro has much more strident views on China's trade history, ones that Trump has often agreed with.

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