Xi Jinping to meet top USA trade negotiators in Beijing

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The chief American envoy, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and his Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, shook hands at the start of the meeting at a government guesthouse but said nothing to reporters.

"China has always respected and safeguarded freedom of navigation and flight based on global laws in the South China Sea, but resolutely opposes any country falsely using these harm the sovereignty and security of coastal countries", Hua said Monday.

Trump's December agreement to postpone more tariff hikes while the two sides negotiate expires March 1.

White House advisor Larry Kudlow told Fox Business last week, "There is a pretty sizable distance to go in U.S".

Erin Ennis, senior vice president of the U.S.

She also raised the possibility of a meeting between the leaders of the two countries, saying Trump's personal retreat at Mar-a-Lago in Florida would make a good venue. Many of those paying close attention to the trade dispute expect the Trump administration may extend the truce beyond March 1st if they believe talks are making significant progress.

Another source confirmed that Xi was set to meet with the U.S. delegation in Beijing later in the week, without specifying the exact date. Trump noted that a large U.S. delegation is now in China, and said things were going well with the negotiations. "Agriculture has to be part of it".

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The alleged incursion by two US warships into the internationally disputed waters of the South China Sea was the second such move within five weeks.

These include ending China's alleged violations of intellectual-property rights and forced transfers of American technologies.

The latest round of talks in Beijing kicked off Monday with discussions among deputy-level officials to try to work out technical details, including a mechanism for enforcing any trade agreement.

China's Foreign Ministry referred questions on talks to the Ministry of Commerce, which did not respond to a request for comment.

China's foreign ministry said the country's navy "warned off" off the US warships Monday as they attempted to assert free navigation rights in the disputed South China Sea.

It has also accused the government of supporting technology theft as part of its broader development strategy, while in China there is a sense that the USA is using the trade war to contain the country's rise.

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