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Trump Administration Negotiations: Progress with China but Not with Congress

Reports from China indicate the initial trade talks began with a productive session. Meanwhile, meetings this weekend between Vice President Mike Pence and senior staffers for the Democratic leadership about the budget impasse made no discernable progress. As the U.S. delegation of subcabinet members met with counterparts in Beijing, Vice Premier Liu He joined the talks, adding a positive note. This meeting was to pave the way for an agenda for an upcoming cabinet-level meeting, likely between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Liu. President Trump is scheduled to be in Davos, Switzerland in two weeks on 21 January for the World Economic Forum. He’ll likely meet with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, assuming progress...

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