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‘Phase 2 US-China trade talks have already begun’: Mike Pence

Hours after signing Phase 1 of US-China trade deal, US Vice President Mike Pence in an interview said that the two global economic powers have already begun talks on second phase of the deal.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2020 08:56 IST
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US president Donald Trump, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, and US Vice President Mike Pence prior to signing
US president Donald Trump, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, and US Vice President Mike Pence prior to signing "phase one" of the U.S.-China trade agreement with Liu in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 15, 2020. (Reuters Photo )
         

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that discussions had already begun on a “Phase 2” US-China trade deal, hours after Washington and Beijing signed an initial trade pact that defused some tensions but left some major issues unresolved.

“We’ve already begun discussions on a Phase 2 deal,” Pence said in an interview with Fox Business Network. He gave no further details.

Putting on pause a two-year-long trade war , the United States and China on Wednesday signed Phase 1 of a trade deal.

The agreement, signed by President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, includes a “major commitment” by China to make “significant reforms” in a wide range of critical areas and to make substantial additional purchases of American goods and services in the coming years, the White House said in a note backgrounding the agreement.

Vice-Premier Liu read out a message from President Xi Jinping in which the latter stressed the need for equality and mutual respect in tackling issues and implement the deal in “real earnestness”. Xi also said he hoped that US treats Chinese companies fairly.

In accordance with the deal, China will buy $200 billion worth of US farm produce and other goods and services over two years, over a baseline of $186 billion in purchases in 2017.