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>> Donald Trump's team to hash out trade with China are en route to Beijing. On Thursday, they'll begin the first face to face talks over America's running trade dispute with the country. Trump's Chief Trade Negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, will lead a team of five of the president's top economic advisers.
The roster is a mixed of trade hawks and economic doves, and there's concerns that divisions of opinion, within the mission, could lead to frictions at the negotiating table. For his part, Lighthizer took a conciliatory tone on Tuesday.>> It is not, it's not my objective to change the Chinese, and the Chinese have their own system.
What I have to be in a position where the United States can deal with it, or the United States isn't the victim of it.>> However, earlier on Tuesday, Commoner Secretary, Wilbur Ross, struck a different chord. He's also on the list, but he said Trump was prepared to fire off tariffs at China, if they did not reach a settlement on cutting the trade imbalance with the US.
Frictions within Trump's team aren't the only potential obstacle in the talks. Chinese officials were quoted in the New York Times this week, saying they will refuse to talk about Donald Trump's too biggest trade demands. The officials reportedly said that they won't budge on a $100 billion cut in America's trade deficit with China.
Or, on Trump's demand, that China wind back its commitment to invest billions in its own advanced manufacturing capacity, and initiative dubbed made in China 2025.