Kudlow told Breitbart News Saturday radio listeners last weekend that the team never expected to leave China with a trade deal but that talks did go more positively than some media outlets have reported.
He noted that his ongoing USA visit aims to, according to the consensus of the two presidents, continue in-depth communication with the US side on bilateral economic and trade issues.
The US has threatened to impose 25 per cent punitive duties on up to US$150 billion (S$201.04 billion) in Chinese goods, while China has targeted US$50 billion in American exports. The official confirmed that Navarro will be among those participating in the trade meetings this week.
Two top trade advisers to President Donald Trump had an expletive packed-shouting match during their trip to Beijing earlier this month, three people familiar with the exchange said, part of an ongoing turf war that's dividing the team negotiating new trade arrangements with China. Liu, who has already met USA negotiators led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing this month, is said to be optimistic that an agreement can be reached, CNBC reported.
Trump on Monday had defended his decision to revisit penalties on ZTE for flouting US sanctions on trade with Iran, in part by saying it was reflective of the larger trade deal the United States is negotiating with China.
"Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the larger trade deal", Trump wrote on Twitter.
Liu met Wednesday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to talk about reducing the tariffs and ways to strengthen the US-China trade relationship. He tweeted that he was directing the Commerce Department to ease a seven-year ban on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE doing business with USA companies because he was concerned about too many Chinese jobs being lost.
After Trump's tweet on Sunday, Ross said the Commerce Department was "very, very promptly" exploring alternative ways of punishing the company. However, some witnesses are also using the opportunity to ask the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to include additional items on the list. The administration has been adamant that they need to see "concrete" actions from the Chinese if they hope to avoid potential new USA tariffs on Chinese imports that would address China's unfair trade practices and stealing of intellectual property.
Trump has threatened to expand the list of targeted Chinese goods to $150 billion - which potentially could cover everything the United States imports from China, since those imports totaled $130 billion previous year.
Liu, who is China's top economic official, told us lawmakers on Wednesday that he would work hard to address the U.S. Additionally, lawmakers took the Chinese to task for alleged transfers of United States intellectual property to Chinese firms. -China flights, a person familiar with the episode said.