On Monday this week, Chinese and American trade negotiators began talks in Beijing amid mounting optimism that they will find a way to break the impasse in their nine-month-long dispute. The scheduled two days of talks were extended to a third day in a fresh sign that discussions are moving in a positive direction. It’s the first face-to-face talks since President Trump and President Xi Jinping agreed at the start of December on a 90-day truce. Optimism has been expressed from both sides that a reasonable settlement can be found. And if there is progress at these talks, U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and China’s Vice Premier Liu He are expected to meet in Washington as soon as next week. So what has turned around the bitter rivalry of the past few months? Is the optimism long-lasting? What would it take for such optimism to be sustained? Zhang Jianping, Director Of The Center For Regional Economic Cooperation at The Chinese Academy Of Int'l Trade and Economic Cooperation, and Prof. John Gong from University of International Business and Economics join us to discuss the deal.

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