The Latest: US, China expected to resume talks in September

A U.S. flag flies on a U.S. consulate car, with the backdrop of buildings in the Lujiazui financial district, outside a hotel where U.S. trade negotiators are staying, in Shanghai Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Latest on China-U.S. trade talks (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

Trade talks between the U.S. and China are expected to resume in Washington in early September.

The White House announced the fresh round of talks on Wednesday after negotiating teams for both sides had concluded a renewed set of discussions aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the Chinese confirmed their commitment to President Donald Trump to buy more U.S. agricultural exports, something Trump had publicly been casting doubt on.

Grisham also says the two days of meetings in Shanghai were “constructive.” The talks were the first since Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations that collapsed in May.

Dates for September’s talks in Washington were not announced.

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4 p.m.

U.S. and Chinese negotiators have ended a new round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology with no word on whether they made any progress.

The two days of talks in Shanghai, were the first since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations that collapsed in May.

The meeting ended Wednesday afternoon about 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Neither delegation spoke to reporters before U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin left for the airport.

Economists say the truce in the tariffs war is fragile since the same disagreements remain, with no indication either government is willing to offer major concessions.

President Donald Trump rattled financial markets Tuesday by accusing Beijing of trying to stall in hopes he will fail to win re-election in 2020.

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Noon

U.S. and Chinese negotiators have resumed talks aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology amid scant expectations for progress.

This week’s meeting is the first since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations that broke down in May.

Economists say the truce is fragile and quick breakthroughs are unlikely because the two sides still face the same disagreements, with no indication either government is ready to offer major concessions.

The dispute over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology has battered exporters on both sides and disrupted trade in goods from soybeans to medical equipment.

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