U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer arrived in Shanghai, China, for the next round of trade talks.

Vehicles believed to be from the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai transporting Mnuchin and Lighthizer pulled up at the entrance of a luxury hotel in downtown Shanghai on Tuesday afternoon before the trade talks.

The two senior U.S. officials were scheduled to meet a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He for talks on Tuesday evening and Wednesday.


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Security was tight around the Peace Hotel that is situated on the Bund in Shanghai’s colonial-era historic center. Chinese police patrols and plainclothes officers redirected pedestrians away from the sidewalk adjacent to the hotel.

The two U.S. officials on Tuesday evening met for scheduled talks with their Chinese counterparts over a banquet dinner.

“My team is negotiating with them now,” tweeted President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday morning.

An hour and half later, President Trump tweeted again saying, “China has lost 5 million jobs and two million manufacturing jobs due to the Trump Tariffs…”

The Shanghai dialogues followed a June agreement between U.S. President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G20 Osaka summit last month.

The two leaders of the two largest world economies agreed to resume the stalled trade talks. Xi relented and agreed after President Trump said he would stop imposing new tariffs. The Chinese leader indicated that China would consider buying agricultural products from the United States.

Both sides appeared keen to break the trade impasse. A hopeful Mnuchin expressed realistic expectations, as he played down the prospect of a quick breakthrough, while speaking to White House reporters on July 24 about his Shanghai trip.

“My expectation is there’ll be a few more meetings before we get a deal done,” said Mnuchin. “So, I wouldn’t expect we’ll resolve all the issues. But the fact that we’re back at the table at the direction of the two presidents is important to them.”

Beijing is opposing Washington’s pressure to roll back plans for state-controlled development in robotics, artificial intelligence, and other technologies.

The Trump administration says that China relies on stealing its intellectual property, pressures foreign companies to share technology, and demands American firms hand over trade secrets in return for doing business in China.

There is little media coverage on the planned banquet dinner with the Chinese delegation.

A vehicle convoy, believed to be taking the U.S. team back to the Hyatt Hotel where they are staying, was seen leaving the Peace Hotel on Tuesday night after the scheduled dinner with the Chinese counterparts.

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