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Following the segment, the president issued a series of tweets criticizing the media coverage of his decision on ZTE, stressing that no final decision has been made on trade with China and affirming his tough stance in negotiations on the issue.

Trump has long-promised to crack down on China and raised concerns about an all-out trade war after threatening to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion worth of imports from China, prompting Beijing to retaliate.

The company faced collapse as a result and Trump said Sunday he and Chinese President Xi Jinping were exploring ways to get the company "back into business fast."Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also said Monday the U.S. was looking at "alternative remedies" for the April sanctions".

President Donald Trump continued to defend the lifeline he offered to Chinese telecom-equipment maker ZTE Corp., insisting trade talks with Beijing are just getting started.

China's official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday that Liu and a delegation including People's Bank of China Governor Yi Gang, the deputy head of the state planning agency Ning Jizhe and other officials arrived in Washington on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Beijing has taken action to show their USA counterparts the value of access to China's market for American goods and firms.

ZTE was fined $1.2 billion in March 2017, but last month it was hit with a steeper sanction, prohibiting United States firms from supplying the telecommunication equipment maker with needed parts. However, after strong criticism of Trump's apparent policy U-turn by U.S. lawmakers, the United States president tweeted on Wednesday that nothing had been decided yet.

The Washington talks will start as USTR finishes up public hearings on the first batch of US tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods proposed as punishment for alleged violations of USA intellectual rights.




The company faced collapse as a result and Trump said Sunday he and Chinese President Xi Jinping were exploring ways to get the company "back into business fast", and ordered the Commerce Department to take action.

China has promised to retaliate in equal measure, targeting USA soybeans, aircraft, autos and other goods for additional tariffs, causing US farm commodity prices to fall. "It's really divorced from the trade story", Kudlow said.

"Trade negotiations are continuing with China".

"We have not seen China's demands yet, which should be few in that previous U.S. Administrations have done so poorly in negotiating. So they can't say they don't know what we're asking for", he said.

Asked if he thought Trump would proceed with the tariffs, Hatch said: "I think we have to".

But he offered an olive branch in calling on U.S. officials to revisit penalties for Chinese company ZTE Corp for flouting USA sanctions on trade with Iran and North Korea.

The customs administration said USA auto imports were quickly deteriorating in quality when AFP queried the regulator about holdups for Ford.


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