Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng says Washington and Beijing are keeping in close contact ahead of a planned December 15 tariff increase. Photo: AFP

Trade war: China remains tight-lipped on talks as December 15 tariff deadline looms

  • China’s Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng says only that ‘the two teams are keeping in close communication’
  • Lead negotiators from China and US are expected to speak by phone before Sunday, when new tariffs are due to be implemented, says former US trade official
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng says Washington and Beijing are keeping in close contact ahead of a planned December 15 tariff increase. Photo: AFP
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Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.

Orange Wang

Orange Wang

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China's monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.