President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 6, 2017. Carlos Barria | Reuters China and the U.S. resume trade talks Thursday in a prickly atmosphere, and strategists say the best outcome could be a postponement of the next round of tariffs but not much else. Strategists say it’s also more likely now that the Trump administration will agree to a trimmed-down trade deal that could lift some tariffs before year end, but pushing off some of the thornier issues, like intellectual property and technology transfers, for future talks. The negotiations are the first high level talks in two months and come as other issues have been bubbling up in the increasingly tense relations between the U.S. and China. China is retaliating against the National Basketball Association by cutting back on its preseason tour and cancelling broadcasts in China, after a Houston Rockets executive tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters. The U.S. this week also blacklisted 28 Chinese companies, due to alleged human rights violations against Muslim minorities in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang. The list includes some of China’s next generation companies involved in artificial intelligence and machine thinking. The U.S. had previously blacklisted Chinese telecom company… Read full this story
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