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Trade war

US and China face even higher hurdles as trade talks resume

Both sides signal no rush toward deal or tariffs with major rifts still in place

China's Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer failed to seal a deal during last ditch trade talks in May.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- The U.S. and China have resumed trade negotiations after last month's summit broke a deadlock, but both sides are still preparing for a protracted battle as key issues remain far from settled.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by phone on Tuesday with Vice Premier Liu He and Commerce Minister Zhong Shan. A senior Washington official said only that the two sides are continuing negotiations to resolve the remaining points of contention, without offering even a time frame for face-to-face talks.

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