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WINNING: Chinese trade negotiator says Beijing, Washington have reached ‘new consensus’ on an agreement

The National Sentenial-- Jon Dougherty

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Percolating in the background, away from Democratic bleating about “collusion!” and other non-sensical, tinfoil-hat conspiracies involving POTUS Donald Trump, his administration has been making steady progress on one of his biggest policy objectives: Inking a mutually beneficial trade deal with our biggest trading partner, China.

In fact, Beijing’s trade delegation, led by Vice Premier Liu He, is in Washington this week meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the president’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to hammer out a once-impossible agreement that now seems well within reach.


According to state-run news agency Xinhua, Liu — who met with POTUS Trump on Thursday — says the two sides have reached a “new consensus” on the text of a trade agreement that would end tariffs and avoid a potentially devastating trade war which would no doubt only exacerbate geopolitical tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

CNBC reported:

Chinese President Xi Jinping, through a message conveyed by Liu, told Trump that both sides have made new and substantial progress on key issues regarding trade in the past month, according to Xinhua. Xi said he hopes both sides will continue to work together to conclude talks on the trade text as early as possible, Xinhua reported.

Trump said on Thursday that “we’ll know over the next four weeks” if the two countries have a deal. …