WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The United States and China have made progress in all talks discussed in trade talks, with unprecedented moves on the delicate issue of forced technology transfer, but there remain points, the US said Government told Reuters Wednesday.
US. Sales Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive in Beijing on Thursday to hold a new round of talks with Chinese officials to negotiate a deal that would end a months-long trade war.
The personal talks that will follow in Washington next week are the first personal meetings that the two sides have held in recent weeks, after they had completed a first goal for late March Summit between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping signing a pact.
Reuters spoke for this report with four senior government officials.
One official said that China has put forward proposals that go beyond the past, creating hope for an agreement that the United States must make to structural changes in the Chinese economy.
"They talk about enforced technology transfer in a way they never wanted to talk about before, both in terms of scope and peculiarities," he said on condition of anonymity.
Washington wants Beijing to end practices involving the theft of intellectual property in the US and the forced transfer of American technology to Chinese companies. It wants better access for US companies to China's markets and a reduction in Chinese industrial subsidies.
The talks would continue as long as progress was made on the core agreements negotiated under the agreement.
Reuters reported that both sides were working on written agreements in six areas: forced technology transfer and cyber theft, intellectual property rights, services, currency, agriculture and non-tariff barriers.
"If you looked at the texts a month ago compared to today, we have evolved in all areas. We are not where we want to go yet, "the official said.
The officials refused to set a schedule for the talks.
"It could go until May, June, nobody knows. It could happen in April, we do not know, "said another government official.
He said that intellectual property and the enforcement of a potential deal remain points.
"SOME TARIFFS WILL BE MADE"
The world's two largest economies have cost hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs. China wants the United States to lift its tariffs as part of a deal. Washington, aware of the fact that the tariffs give it leverage to ensure that Beijing complies with all its commitments, is careful to lift it immediately.
Trump said the United States could leave tariffs on Chinese goods last week to ensure compliance.
"Some tariffs remain," the second official said. "There will be a lot, but we will not get rid of all tariffs. We can not do it.
The topic will be addressed in the upcoming talks.
"Of course this is a problem we need to solve … and will be an important part of a final deal," said the first official.
Since July 201
China has been downed with tariffs on US goods worth around $ 110 billion, including soybeans and other commodities. (Report by Jeff Mason; editorial by Peter Cooney)