December 7, 2018 / 3:35 PM / 8 days ago

White House adviser: U.S.-China trade talks, Huawei arrest are separate

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion about trade in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Friday said that the U.S. -China trade truce and the recent arrest of a top Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive “are two separate events,” calling the timing of events a coincidence.

Navarro, in an interview on CNN, also said if the United States and China could not come to an agreement during the 90-day negotiating period, U.S. officials would move forward with their strategy to raise tariff rates.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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