US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (fifth from left) opened the high-level talks with a joke about officials being cropped out of official pictures. Photo: AFP

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin upbeat after first day of US-China trade war talks in Washington

  • US treasury secretary makes brief but positive comment as other delegates remain tight-lipped at end of opening negotiations
  • Leader of Chinese delegation, Vice-Premier Liu He, expected to meet Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday
Topic |   US-China trade war

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (fifth from left) opened the high-level talks with a joke about officials being cropped out of official pictures. Photo: AFP
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Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng joined the Post as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from Tufts University with a degree in international relations and film and media studies. She reports on China's foreign policy.

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Wendy Wu

Wendy Wu is a Beijing-based reporter focusing on international finance and diplomacy. Her journalism career spans a decade and she has been reporting for the Post since 2015. Wendy has a master's degree in finance from Germany's University of Freiburg.

Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.