August 6, 2019 11:00 AM, EDT

Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Says US Still Expects China for September Trade Talks

Larry Kudlow Larry Kudlow (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

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President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the United States still expects Chinese negotiators to come to Washington for another round of trade talks in September, even after the two nations escalated their trade war.

“The president and our team is planning for a Chinese visit in September,” Kudlow said Tuesday on CNBC. “We’re willing to negotiate. Movement toward a good deal would be very positive and might change the tariff situation. But then again, it might not.”

The Trump administration formally labeled China a currency manipulator late Monday in a tit-for-tat escalation of the dispute between the world’s two largest economies. The U.S. action followed China allowing its currency to weaken and ending purchases of American agricultural products, in response to new tariffs Trump announced last week.

Economic tensions ratcheted upward after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer returned from meetings with counterparts in Shanghai last week without progress toward a deal to resolve American complaints about China’s economic practices. Trump ordered 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports to begin Sept. 1, barring a breakthrough in negotiations.