The United States and China will start trade negotiations again in September. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce reports this after discussions between the two economic powers in the Chinese port city of Shanghai that were completed earlier in the day.

According to the trade ministry, the consultation will take place in the US in September. In Shanghai, an American delegation spoke with Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin and trade envoy Robert Lighthizer with, among others, Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu He. Beijing indicated that the negotiations were frank, intensive and constructive. Among other things, there was talk about Chinese purchases of American agricultural goods. The consultation was, however, ended earlier than was officially planned.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday still strongly criticized China’s position in trade negotiations with the US. He complained, among other things, that China would continue to refuse to buy certain American agricultural products. He said earlier that a trade deal between Washington and Beijing could take a while.

A spokesperson for the Chinese ministry came back to those words on Wednesday. Beijing believes that Americans should “talk more seriously” and “more honestly”.

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