The two sides’ top negotiators pose for pictures on Friday. Photo: AFP

US and China wrap up ‘constructive’ trade talks with pledge to meet again next week

  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he looks forward to continuing discussions in Washington next Thursday
  • Both sides hail progress, but Beijing’s official mouthpiece warns China won’t strike a deal for the sake of it
Topic |   US-China trade war

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The two sides’ top negotiators pose for pictures on Friday. Photo: AFP
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The lack of a Chinese-language version of what the US side is asking for is one obstacle preventing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping signing a deal to end the trade war, an unofficial adviser said. Photo: AP

Lost in translation? How verbal mishaps and lack of Chinese-language document threaten US-China trade deal

  • Misunderstandings and China’s concerns about being bullied have created distance, says Michael Pillsbury, an outside adviser to Donald Trump
  • Having no Chinese-language text of the 120-page draft agreement Beijing was potentially agreeing to could present an obstacle
Topic |   US-China relations

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The lack of a Chinese-language version of what the US side is asking for is one obstacle preventing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping signing a deal to end the trade war, an unofficial adviser said. Photo: AP
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