U.S. Puts Verification of Commitment to Reform at Heart of Next Talks

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The next stage for China-U.S. trade talks will be the creation of a framework to verify China’s commitment to structural industrial reform, a move that could be a stumbling block in ending the trade war between the two countries, analysts said.

The assessment came after delegations wrapped up their talks on Wednesday, when the U.S. negotiators challenged China on a series of grievances.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said the talks laid a foundation for resolving their disputes, as both sides had in-depth discussions about structural economic problems.

It said there was progress on structural economic issues during the latest trade talks with the U.S., but insisted an enforcement framework would be the responsibility of both countries.

“The Chinese side also believes that the implementation mechanism is important,” Gao Feng, commerce ministry spokesperson, said at a press briefing.

“Both sides have the responsibility in fulfilling that.”

The ministry said the talks, which included in-depth discussions about structural economic problems, laid the foundation for resolving their disputes.

Analysts say the next stage will likely be the creation of a framework to verify China’s commitment to structural industrial reform, a move that could be a stumbling block in ending the trade war between the world's two largest economies.

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