President Donald Trump is sending a high-level duo to Beijing to continue United States and China trade talks.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will go to Beijing for talks that start on April 30, according to a White House statement. They will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.
Slated talks include issues such as intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases, and enforcement.
By August 2018, the president had slapped tariffs on approximately $250 billion total in Chinese imports in efforts to balance the aggressive tactics China has been using to challenge U.S. technological dominance. China had retaliated by targeting $110 billion in U.S. products, according to the Associated Press.
In early April, the top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the Chinese regime admitted for the first time the United States had “a point” with respect to intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, and cyber hacking.
“They have for the first time acknowledged that we have a point. Several points,” he told reporters at an event hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. Until recently, he said, “they were in denial.”
Kudlow said even Chinese leader Xi Jinping has signaled a willingness to listen to U.S. concerns at a dinner at the G20 summit in Argentina where Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump met in late 2018.
How willing remains to be seen.
Chinese Tech a Serious Problem
Under China’s National Intelligence Law, established in 2017, all Chinese companies are required to supply intelligence information to Beijing, if requested.
Huawei, a Chinese tech company known to have created tech equipment and gadgets with cyber backdoors available to hackers, is one such company that is required to give up U.S. intel gathered by such devices to the Chinese regime.
Huawei has branches in 61 countries and is the No. 1 telecom supplier in the world.
President Trump banned devices made by Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese company, from being sold on military bases. Recently, the president said that former Obama administration cybersecurity official as a Huawei lobbyist was “not good, or acceptable!”