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U.S. Pushes China on Cars and Finance in Tariff Talks

Posted March 26, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Andrew Mayeda – Bloomberg)

The Trump administration is urging China to lower tariffs on cars and open its market to U.S. financial services as part of talks to resolve a rise in trade tensions that has shaken global markets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called China’s Liu He to congratulate Liu on his appointment this month as vice premier in charge of economic policy, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions aren’t public. The two discussed the trade deficit between the two countries and committed to finding a mutually agreeable way to reduce the gap, the person said, adding they have exchanged correspondence.

Meanwhile, one of President Donald Trump’s senior trade advisers says the president is seeking a nearly one-third narrowing of the U.S. trade deficit with China. Click here to read more.

Related: China Urges WTO Members: Put U.S. Tariff ‘Beast Back in the Cage’ (Reuters)