New round of US-China trade negotiations started in Beijing today. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he had a “nice working dinner” yesterday and “it’s good to be back here” in Beijing. It widely known that while progress has been made two key sticky points remained unresolved, an enforcement mechanism and the timelines for lifting imposed additional tariffs.

Meanwhile, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said it will further open up the banking an insurance sectors. And it plans to issue 12 new measures soon. The measures include dropping the USD 10B asset requirements for foreign companies to set up a legal entity in the country. The USD 20B asset requirements for foreign banks to set up a branch will also be removed. Approval procedures for foreign banks to conduct Yuan businesses will be removed.

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