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White House officials knew that China wanted restrictions to be loosened, but the fate of this company had not been part of the White House's original negotiating platform. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will also participate.

Navarro is a published critic of China's trade policies.

He noted that his ongoing USA visit aims to, according to the consensus of the two presidents, continue in-depth communication with the US side on bilateral economic and trade issues.

The talks, part of a busy week of trade negotiations and tight deadlines, have become enmeshed in political intrigue after an adviser to President Donald Trump, who is considered a hardliner on China, was left out. An administration official confirmed Mnuchin and Liu added one-on-one meetings to the schedule during the trip, but said no team meetings were scrapped as a result. -China flights, a person familiar with the episode said. The administration has been adamant that they need to see "concrete" actions from the Chinese if they hope to avoid potential new US tariffs on Chinese imports that would address China's unfair trade practices and stealing of intellectual property.

The U.S. -China trade talks in DC this week are a continuation of those Beijing-based trade meetings. "The vice premier stated that he was here to listen to our concerns and he recognizes there are problems in this trade relationship". Liu's visit to Washington is meant to defuse the conflict.

In his meeting with key lawmakers of both houses of the U.S. Congress, Liu said the two nations' commitment to a long-standing, healthy and stable bilateral relationship is in line with the fundamental interests of the two peoples and the shared expectations of the worldwide community.

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"His hope for this trip was to begin to address the trade imbalance, increasing demand of Chinese consumers for USA products as well as to begin to take steps on the structural reforms that have been raised", Brady said after a roughly 45-minute meeting with the Chinese delegation.

"They are certainly mindful of impending threats of tariffs", Neal said. For example, during the Beijing trip, Chinese officials pressed Mnuchin and others to relax restrictions on ZTE Corp., a controversial Chinese telecommunications company that has violated US law.

Trump said in tweets on Wednesday that "nothing has happened" with China's ZTE Corp and that Beijing has "much to give" Washington on trade, denying suggestions that his administration was "folding" in negotiations with Beijing.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump earlier on Wednesday denied caving in to China over United States sanctions on the telecoms equipment maker ZTE.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday, "Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the larger trade deal".

He is Chinese President Xi Jinping's top trade official and was involved in Beijing-based talks with the US trade delegation two weeks ago.