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China People's Congress

China upbeat on reaching trade deal despite US doubts

Vice minister says Belt and Road nations' debt issues predate Beijing

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He speaks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington last month.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese officials are optimistic that trade talks with the U.S. remain on track despite doubts cast in recent days by senior American officials.

"My feeling is that there is still hope," Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen told a news conference Saturday on the sidelines of the National People's Congress.

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