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Trump's meeting with Liu is occurring just days after a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, was arrested trying to enter Trump's Atlantic oceanfront retreat in Florida, detained after she entered the compound claiming she was there for what turned out to be a non-existent event.

Brilliant estimated that the two sides are 90% of the way to an agreement but cautioned that "the last 10% is the hardest part, the trickiest part". In order to avoid the tariffs, Mr. Trump says Mexico must do more to prevent illegal immigration into the US and if it does not crack down on drugs crossing the border.

The United States is seeking reforms to Chinese practices that it says result in the theft of USA intellectual property and the forced transfer of technology from U.S. companies to Chinese firms. To pressure China, the United States has imposed tariffs on $250 billion USA in Chinese goods. "Neither state wants to back away from these negotiations, so the momentum is still moving us forward to get to a final deal".

Trade talks between the United States and China made "good headway" last week in Beijing and the two sides aim to bridge differences during talks that could extend beyond three days this week, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said.

One likely scenario to reduce mandated purchases is that United States negotiators push for Beijing's removal of a requirement that foreign companies partner with Chinese entities to do business in the country.

If the discussions prove fruitful, the FT said it's possible that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping to formally sign an agreement. "China relations." Analysts say two major sticking points, in particular, stand in the way of any agreement.

First, Trump wants to preserve at least the 25 per cent tariffs he has imposed on $50 billion in Chinese imports as a way to maintain leverage over Beijing.

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Second, the two sides must develop a mechanism to ensure that China honours any commitments it makes in an agreement. A meeting date between Trump and Xi could be announced as early as Thursday, people familiar with the plans said.

From the outset, his administration has been divided between advisers who fear the trade war's impact on the economy and financial markets and those who believe a showdown with China is long overdue.

The U.S. and China have levied tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other's goods since past year, which disrupted supply chains and raised costs for companies.

Congressional Democrats and others have warned Trump against reaching any agreement that settles for more USA exports to China without also requiring Beijing to adopt serious economic reforms.

"Stand firm", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, said Tuesday. But it is unlikely that China would agree to an enforcement mechanism that included re-imposition of unilateral USA tariffs without the current tariffs being removed, he said. "Otherwise, the criticism will be severe".

"We're going to make a very good deal or we're not going to make a deal at all", he said.