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Three days of trade negotiations between midlevel American and Chinese officials ended in Beijing on Wednesday (Jan. 9) afternoon with progress in identifying and narrowing the two sides’ differences but little sense of when they might reach a deal.

As reported by the New York Times, the trade talks could help clear the way for higher-level talks later this month, when President Trump attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Vice Premier Liu He, China’s economic czar, is expected to come to Washington sometime after that.

A United States government official confirmed that the talks had ended but declined to elaborate. Chinese officials had no immediate comment, although the Commerce Ministry is expected to address the negotiations during its weekly news conference on Thursday.

In a statement issued after the talks ended, the United States trade representative’s office said the two sides had discussed China’s pledge to buy a “substantial” amount of American agricultural, energy and manufacturing products.

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