The Latest: US, China leave future of trade talks unclear
BEIJING (AP) – The Latest on trade tensions between China and the U.S. (all times local):
China’s Ministry of Commerce says talks with the United States aimed at ending a tariff war ‘laid the foundation’ for resolving concerns on both sides.
A ministry spokesman, Gao Feng, said Thursday the two sides displayed “serious, careful and frank attitudes.”
Echoing a ministry statement issued earlier Thursday, Gao said the talks “enhanced mutual understanding and laid a foundation for addressing each other’s concerns.”
Washington said the talks focused on China’s promise to buy more American exports but also emphasized U.S. pressure for action on Beijing’s technology policy, market access and cyber spying.
The two sides gave no indication what their next step will be.
Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed Dec. 1 to postpone any further tariff hikes in their dispute over Chinese technology ambitions for 90 days.