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US trade delegation leaves Beijing hotel for more talks with Chinese officials

12 February 2019

Members of a U.S. trade delegation including deputy U.S. trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish left a Beijing hotel on Tuesday on their way to a second day of talks with Chinese officials. U.S. and Chinese officials expressed hope on Monday that this week's round of talks would bring them closer to easing their seven-month trade war.

The world's two largest economies are trying to hammer out a deal before a March 1 deadline. Washington is expected to keep pressing Beijing on long-standing demands that it make sweeping structural reforms to protect American companies' intellectual property, or IP, end policies aimed at forcing the transfer of technology to Chinese companies, and curb industrial subsidies. Officials have said March 1 is a "real deadline" for reaching a deal.