China confirms tech consultations on parts of US trade deal completed

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He had a phone call with US trade officials as both countries confirmed technical consultations on some parts of a trade agreement were basically completed, China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on Saturday.

Liu spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday night, the statement said.

Chinese media reported both sides agreed to properly address each other's core concerns. Both sides confirmed the United States will import Chinese-made cooked poultry and catfish products, while China will lift a ban on US poultry. The two countries also agreed on the application of public health information systems for meat products.

The Commerce Ministry said top negotiators from both nations will hold a phone call again soon, and will continue to have negotiations.

In another development, CNBC cited information from the US Trade Representative that the US and China have nearly finished some articles in a bilateral trade agreement following a phone call between their top negotiators. Both countries have made certain progress in many fields, heading to the signing of the agreement.

Source: VOV5