US Issues Statement On Trade Meeting In Beijing

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The long-anticipated statement from the US Trade Representative on the just concluded 3 days of talks in Beijing has been released and it appears to be another “nothingburger”:

In readout of China talks, USTR says officials discussed the need for any agreement w/ China to provide for “complete implementation subject to ongoing verification and effective enforcement.” pic.twitter.com/GznRcNJSdz

— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) January 9, 2019

In the brief, sub-200 word statement, the USTR says that US and China negotiators discussed ways to achieve “fairness, reciprocity and balance in trade relations”; additionally, the talks also “focused on China’s pledge to purchase a substantial amount of agricultural, energy, manufactured goods, and other products  and services from the United States” – something that

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