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US-China dialogue opens with tough talk on trade

Washington grows impatient with Beijing's reluctance to curb Pyongyang

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From left, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross gather for economic talks in Washington on July 19.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-China relationship, relatively friendly in recent months, could take a contentious turn in talks here Wednesday as American officials take aim at the countries' growing trade imbalance and press Beijing for tougher action on North Korea.

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