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Trade war

As clock ticks on tariff deadline, Trump says he received Xi letter

Negotiators begin crucial talks in Washington

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrives at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, where he was greeted by lead negotiator Robert Lighthizer, right, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (Photo by Taisei Hoyama)

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- Top American and Chinese trade negotiators began crucial talks late Thursday afternoon with less than half a day left before Washington raises tariffs on Chinese goods.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived at the U.S. Trade Representative's office around 5 p.m. Eastern time and was greeted by lead American negotiator Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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