China says trade envoys preparing to go to Washington

Published: May. 6, 2019 at 4:55 AM CDT
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A Chinese spokesman says a team from Beijing is "preparing to travel to the United States" for trade talks, suggesting negotiations might go ahead despite President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat.

The spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Monday that Beijing is "trying to get more information" following Trump's surprise announcement he might impose 25 percent tariffs on more Chinese imports.

Asked whether the top Chinese envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, would go to Washington as planned, Geng said only that a "Chinese team" was preparing to travel.

Geng said, "A Chinese team is preparing to travel to the United States for trade talks."

Beijing and Washington have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each others goods in their dispute over U.S. complaints about Chinese technology ambitions.