May 14, 2019 / 8:02 PM / 9 days ago

U.S. Treasury chief to plan for trade meeting in China soon - spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin while U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer looks on as he arrives at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative for a resumption of trade talks in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will plan for another trade meeting in China at some point soon, a Treasury spokesman said on Tuesday, adding to President Donald Trump’s earlier statements that U.S. dialogue with Beijing was continuing.

Asked at a briefing whether Mnuchin was headed back to Beijing for more talks, the spokesman said: “As the secretary has indicated, the negotiations will continue. We do anticipate, as the secretary indicated yesterday, that we will plan for a meeting in China at some point soon.”

The spokesman provided no further details on the timing of a potential visit, but said that Trump was planning to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in late June at a Group of 20 leaders summit in Japan.

Reporting by David Lawder; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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