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Chinese delegation will come to the US for trade talks after Trump tariff threat

Kayla Tausche
  • A Chinese delegation will travel to the United States for trade talks this week after President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat. 
  • When Trump reignited the trade war with Beijing, it raised doubts about whether the Chinese team would come to Washington to try to strike a trade deal as planned. 
  • Stock markets initially plunged following Trump's tariff threat, but recovered throughout Monday. 

A Chinese delegation will come to the U.S. this week for trade talks after President Donald Trump upended negotiations by threatening new tariffs on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the matter. 

One of the sources briefed on the status of talks said the Chinese would send a smaller delegation than the 100-person group originally planned. It is unclear whether Vice Premier Liu He would still helm this smaller group, an important detail if the team were traveling to Washington with an eye toward sealing a deal. Two senior administration officials described Liu as "the closer," since he had been given authority to negotiate on President Xi Jinping's behalf.

The team from Beijing was set to start talks with American negotiators on Wednesday as the world's two largest economies push for a trade agreement. It is unclear whether the talks will still start Wednesday. 

The White House, Treasury Department and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative did not immediately respond to requests to comment. 

Trump said Sunday that he would increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25% from 10% on Friday. He added that he would "shortly" put duties on the $325 billion in Chinese goods currently not subject to tariffs. 

By reigniting a dormant trade war, Trump raised doubts about whether the Chinese delegation would participate in talks as planned. As of last week, the U.S. side had expressed optimism about announcing a deal as soon as this week. 

But in threatening new tariffs, Trump said the trade deal with China had moved along "too slowly" as "they attempt to renegotiate." 

U.S. stock markets initially plunged Monday following Trump's threat, but recovered throughout the day. 

This story is developing. Please check back for updates. 

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