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China cancels trade talks in Washington

Trump’s biggest round of tariffs set to take effect.

- ©2018 The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Chinese officials have canceled plans to meet with Trump administra­tion officials in Washington this week as the trade dispute between the two countries has heated up.

A senior administra­tion official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said Saturday that the talks between China’s vice premier, Liu He, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were no longer planned. The Wall Street Journal first reported the talks were off.

The cancellati­on comes as President Donald Trump’s plan to put his biggest round of tariffs on Chinese goods takes effect Monday, when the United States will begin taxing $200 billion in imports from China. The tariffs, which will start at 10 percent, are set to rise to 25 percent on Jan. 1.

Trump has threatened to tax nearly all Chinese imports and add another round of tariffs on $267 billion in products if Beijing retaliates.

Another senior White House official told reporters in a background briefing Friday that the administra­tion was developing contingenc­y plans in the event of additional retaliatio­n from China. The official said the rollout of the tariffs Monday had been in the works for a while.

The official added that there were still back-channel discussion­s between the two countries.

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