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Xi’s Feisty Trade Negotiator Heads to Washington

  • Wang, U.S.’s David Malpass to seek a trade-war breakthrough
  • Wang called the U.S. a ‘bully,’ said it hampers global growth
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China-U.S. to Resume Low-Level Talks in Bid to Resolve Trade Spat

China’s man tasked with finding a breakthrough in trade talks with the U.S. is a veteran trade bureaucrat and fluent English speaker who’s called America a "trade bully."

Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen, 52, will lead a delegation of Chinese officials to Washington later this month, where he will meet U.S. officials led by Undersecretary for International Affairs David Malpass of the Treasury Department. The two men are challenged with finding a way to end an escalating trade war between the world’s two biggest economies after negotiations broke down two months ago.