, other issues relating to enforcement have yet to be agreed upon, such as whether the US will have the right to unilaterally re-implement tariffs if China is deemed to have reneged on its commitments.Day 272-274: April 3-5, 2019 – US and China hold trade talks in WashingtonUS and Chinese negotiators continue trade talks in Washington from Wednesday, April 3 to Friday, April 5, a week after holding negotiations in Beijing. On Thursday, April 4, Trump meets with Liu He, and saysthat the two sides will know “over the next four weeks” whether they can strike a deal. US and Chinese negotiators agree to continue talks the following week.
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Day 270: April 1, 2019– China bans all types of fentanylChina announcesthat it will ban all variants of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, effective May 1, 2019, in what is considered a concession to the US amid trade talks. China previously banned some strains of fentanyl, but only banned other strains on a case-by-case basis rather than as a class of drug. Because of the opioid crisis in the US, China’streatment of fentanyl production and distribution had been a source of tension in bilateral relations.Day 269: March 31, 2019 – China extends the suspension of additional tariffs on US autos and auto partsChina extends the suspension of additional tariffs on US autos and auto parts, which were set to go back into force on April 1, 2019. China previously placed retaliatory tariffsof 25 percent on such products in reaction to US tariffs, but suspended them in December 2018, effective January 1 to April 1, 2019. The announcementdid not state when the suspension would expire. US autos are still subject to China’s standard tariff rate of 15 percent.Day 266-267: March 28-29, 2019 – US and China hold trade talks in Beijing after one month breakUS and Chinese negotiators resume trade talks in Beijing on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 after not meeting face-to-face for nearly one month. The month-long break was partly due to the Two Sessionsmeetings held in early March, which were China’s biggest political meetings of the year. Officials call the trade talks constructive, with an enforcement mechanism to monitor China’s commitment to trade concessions reportedlya sticking point.Day 231-234: February 21-24, 2019 – US and China hold trade talks in Washington; Trump extends tariff deadlineOn Thursday, February 21, US and Chinese negotiators resume trade talksin Washington. The day after, on Friday, February 22, Trump meets with Liu Hein front of the media, expressing optimism about a trade deal.
On Sunday, February 24, Trump announcesthat he will extend the March 1 trade deal truce deadline, citing progress in trade talks. Trump does not give a concrete date for a new deadline, but expresses hope that Xi will visit Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in March to finalize a trade deal.
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