June 1, 2018 / 5:29 PM / 8 months ago

U.S. Commerce chief proceeding with China trade trip - officials

FILE PHOTO: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about lowering drug prices from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WHISTLER, British Columbia (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will be in Beijing this weekend for trade talks with senior Chinese officials as previously planned, two administration officials familiar with the trip said on Friday.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Ross’ trip may be in doubt as other U.S. and Chinese officials were haggling over U.S. demands for long-term contracts for China to increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural and energy commodities.

Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Susan Thomas

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