U.S. trade delegation to visit China on May 3

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"But I have to be in a position where the United States can deal with it, where the United States isn't the victim of it and that's where our role is".

Lighthizer will be among senior members of the Trump administration traveling to China this week to discuss trade.

Chinese and American officials will be trying to defuse tensions pushing the world's two largest economies toward trade war in meetings in Beijing beginning Thursday.

But Ross and Navarro, who spoke to steel company executives in Washington on Tuesday, both said any final decision would be made by Trump.

Talks would not be accepted by China with preconditions on these or other matters, the official stated.

China has denied that it forces companies to transfer technology and has promised to retaliate in kind to any us tariffs. The administration is looking to push through a $100 billion trade deficit reduction that China is expected to oppose.




The so-called Section 301 investigation tariffs could be imposed sometime in June after the conclusion of a public comment process.

At stake are tariffs on billions of dollars of United States and Chinese goods, which, if imposed, could put a dent in humming global economic growth. "You end up learning how to deal with it, how to kind of manage it, between the two of you, and we're in the early stages of that", he said. But foreign companies are unhappy over requirements that they share key details about their technology to Chinese partners. It is considering invoking the International Economic Emergency Powers Act to impose such bans.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to levy new tariffs on $150 billion of Chinese imports while Beijing has so far shot back with a list of $50 billion in targeted US goods.

He said it was in the USA interest to encourage China to open its economy to US and other foreign firms, not only for increased sales to China's consumers but to foster market competition in China.

"In the event of a trade war, we have a much greater ability to endure [the consequences] than the USA", the Chinese official said. "This won't be suddenly in Beijing a breathtaking release, everything is resolved".

"If the US delegation comes to China believing Beijing's resolve to open wider to the outside world is a matter of expediency under pressure from Washington, it will likely mean a lot of time is wasted setting the record straight".

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