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Trade war

Trump impeachment drama muddles China deal timeline

Cornered and pressured, US president's options limited, experts say

U.S. and Chinese trade delegates pose for a family photo at the Xijiao Conference Center in Shanghai in July. The Chinese delegation will visit Washington in mid-October.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares for high-level trade negotiations with China next month, a sharp turn of events has blurred the timeline of a deal.

On Tuesday, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shocked the nation when she announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump. Pelosi had resisted calls to start formal proceedings against the president during and after the Mueller investigation, but the latest allegations about Trump pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former U.S. Vice President and Trump's political rival Joe Biden's family pushed her to act.

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