China outlining potential trade concessions

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg on Thursday that Trump and Xi at best would come up with a "framework" deal at the G-20.

Top White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said trade advisor Peter Navarro was "way off base" in his comments, and were not authorised. "We put tariffs on $250 bln in Chinese goods, and we could more than double that number", Pence said. "If there is a deal to be had with China it's a deal that has to be in America's interests...."

In his speech at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea, the US Vice President said bilateral trading relations must change.

The U.S. has so far imposed tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports with duties on the largest $200 billion tranche of those due to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent on January 1.

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The US wants China to offer concessions on a wide range of grievances, from intellectual property protection to territorial claims in the South China Sea.

In a statement to reporters at the White House, the president said that Beijing "wants to make a deal" with Washington to resolve the trade dispute, which has led to the mutual levying of tariffs worth billions of dollars.

"I think much of that will depend on Argentina", Pence said. "The most likely scenario is that they commit to serious negotiations", he said, adding: "And then that sort of kicks the can and we see what happens".

Coming amid a downturn in United States stocks that has almost erased gains for the year, Trump's comments have led some to speculate that he is trying to influence market sentiment with the positive trade headlines.

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The Chinese document was said to include 142 items divided into three categories: issues the Chinese are willing to negotiate for further action, issues they are already working on and issues they consider off limits. They do very little business with us, and we do a lot of business.

However, all the aforementioned USA officials said the discussions with the Chinese haven't produced any tangible results.

The Trump administration tightened scrutiny of Chinese investments, especially in technology sectors, through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a multi-agency government panel. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNBC Tuesday that there have been "communications at all levels of the USA and Chinese government" to prepare for the planned meeting of presidents.

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