July 25, 2019 / 8:56 AM / 4 months ago

China and U.S. trade negotiators to meet in Shanghai July 30-31

FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a meeting during a visit by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018. Picture taken April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) - Lead negotiators for China and the United States will meet in Shanghai on Tuesday for two days in the next round of trade talks, China’s commerce ministry confirmed.

It would mark the first face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Chinese trade teams since presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed at a G20 summit in Japan to revive talks to end their year-long trade war.

The governments of the world’s largest economies have levied billions of dollars of tariffs on each other’s imports, disrupted global supply chains and shaken financial markets in their dispute over how China does business with the rest of the world.

China had agreed to make unspecified purchases of U.S. farm goods, according to the White House, and the timing of the next round of talks came after Chinese officials briefed a private importers last Friday on a plan to boost soybean purchases.

“Some Chinese firms are willing to continue to buy some U.S. agricultural goods, and they have asked for prices from their U.S. suppliers and will sign commercial contracts soon,” ministry spokesman Gao Feng told a news conference.

The purchases will be decided by companies themselves according market-based rules, said Gao, adding that the restarting of trade talks had no direct bearing on the U.S. agriculture buys.

Reporting by Stella Qiu and Kevin Yao; Editing by Nick Macfie

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