4 Apr. 2019
Washington, UNITED STATES
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (pictured L during a visit to the Oval Office on April 4) goes to Washington for trade talks on Thursday and Friday, setting up a last-ditch bid for progress toward a deal that would avoid a sharp increase in tariffs on Chinese goods ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump.
U.S. officials have accused China of reneging in the past week on substantial commitments made during months of negotiations to end their trade war, prompting Trump to set a new deadline to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent, from 10 percent.
The higher tariffs will take effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Friday, a spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative's office said. That comes right in the middle of Liu's visit.
Differences over the enforcement mechanism for a trade deal and a timeline for tariff removal have been sticking points.
Here is a breakdown of the issues unique to the two-way talks: