U.S. trade representative to testify on China next week

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will testify next week at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on U.S.-China trade issues, a spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee said on Wednesday and reported by Reuters.

The hearing comes just days before a March 1 deadline for the two countries to reach a trade deal — though President Donald Trump has indicated he is flexible on that date.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met last Friday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who were here for a new round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, saying “important progress for the current stage” was made after the two-day talks.

Calling China-U.S. ties one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world today, Xi said the two countries share broad common interests and shoulder important responsibilities in safeguarding world peace and stability, as well as promoting global development and prosperity, Xinhua reported.