U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday that he will be speaking with a Chinese official before President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit.
But it’s still unclear when the currently stalled trade negotiations between the two economic superpowers will restart, Lighthizer said.
Asked by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, if the U.S. would be ready to engage with China if they returned to the negotiating table, Lighthizer said, “Absolutely, we are ready to engage.”
“I have a conversation set up with my counterpart on the telephone in the next day and a half, and then I expect to meet with him with Mnuchin in Osaka before the president meets” with Xi, Lighthizer testified before the House Ways and Means Committee.
USTR Lighthizer Testimony to House Ways & Means Committee, Jun 19, 2019 (c-span video 3:52:07)
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Trump announced in a tweet Tuesday that he would have an “extended meeting” with Xi at the summit, which is scheduled for June 28-29 in Osaka, Japan. Xi confirmed the plans to Chinese state media soon after.