White House China hawk Peter Navarro excluded from China trade talks

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Navarro's strong anti-China views and skepticism of free trade helped to build Trump's early economic agenda.

According to Liu, a healthy China-US relationship is in the interests of both sides, who have a great deal in common.

In Beijing, the commerce ministry said China hoped the two sides could resolve the trade frictions during the talks. Liu concluded by saying that China values the role of the US Congress and is willing to strengthen its communication with the institution.

Mnuchin will lead the delegation that the White House finally revealed Wednesday will include Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, a China trade hawk, was initially excluded from the negotiations, according to two administration officials.

At the urging of Navarro and other China critics in the administration, the U.S.is poised to hit China with billions of dollars in tariffs after an investigation in which China was accused of forcefully transferring sensitive technology and intellectual property from USA companies. "Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the larger trade deal", Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday.

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The unresolved feud has contributed the White House's uneven approach to its trade negotiations with China in recent days, as White House officials have given different, at time contradictory descriptions about what the discussions' aims and about what is and what isn't up for debate.

Meanwhile, Trump earlier on Wednesday denied caving to China over U.S. sanctions on the telecoms equipment maker ZTE.

China has counterpunched by targeting $50 billion in US products. Additional senior Administration Officials will also participate. Tensions between the two nations have increased as Trump imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, and the Chinese retaliated with tariffs of their own.

Liu, who is China's top economic official, told US lawmakers on Wednesday that he will work hard to address the US-China trade imbalance and other problems with the trading relationship.

A Senate Republican aide said that Hatch doesn't support tariffs and is hopeful the USA won't need to use them, but he wants to ensure the administration can keep them on the table, particularly with China in town this week. "And his hope for this trip was to begin to address the trade imbalance, increasing demand of Chinese consumers for US products, as well as to begin to take steps on the structural reforms". "The meetings haven't even started yet!" "It was really the beginning of what I think is going to be a lengthy process", he said.

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