February 12, 2019 / 11:33 AM / 7 days ago

U.S.'s Mnuchin, in China, looks forward to trade talks

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a member of the U.S. trade delegation to China, waves to the media upon his arrival at a hotel in Beijing, China February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin looks forward to several important days of trade talks, he said on Tuesday after arriving in the Chinese capital for high-level talks to hammer out a deal ahead of a March 1 deadline.

“Thank you everybody, it’s great to be here back in Beijing,” Mnuchin told reporters at his hotel. “We’re looking forward to several important days of talks.”

Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who arrived earlier on Tuesday, are set to hold talks on Thursday and Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the top economic adviser to President Xi Jinping.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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