'Phase 2' U.S.-China trade talks have already begun - Pence

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks flanked by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the start of a signing ceremony for "phase one" of the U.S.-China trade agreement in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that discussions had already begun on a “Phase 2” U.S.-China trade deal, hours after Washington and Beijing signed an initial trade pact that defused some tensions but left some major issues unresolved.

“We’ve already begun discussions on a Phase 2 deal,” Pence said in an interview with Fox Business Network. He gave no further details.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Sandra Maler