June 17, 2020 / 6:47 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. expects to start next phase trade talks with Japan in few months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expects to begin negotiations with Japan about a second phase trade agreement in a few months, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Wednesday.

Lighthizer told a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee that those negotiations had been delayed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but remained a priority for the Trump administration.

He said he viewed a Phase 1 trade agreement reached with Japan as a “spectacular” deal that had helped boost U.S. exports of farm products.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal

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