US Treasury Secretary confirmed that he and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will travel to Beijing next week for trade negotiations. Mnuchin said prior meetings with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Washington were “very productive”.

He added that he and Lighthizer are “committed to continue these talks”. And, “We’re putting in an enormous amount of effort to try to hit this deadline and get a deal. So that’s our objective.”

Mnuchin also said “we are also very focused on free and fair trade for U.S. companies to have access there and to having a more level playing field which will bring down the trade deficit.”

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His comments echoed Trump’s remark in the State of Union Address that the trade deal “must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices, reduce our chronic trade deficit and protect American jobs.”

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