Mnuchin says U.S. eyes productive trade meetings in China

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer looked forward to “productive meetings” as they arrived in Beijing leading a delegation for trade talks with China.

“Ambassador Lighthizer and myself are pleased to be back here in Beijing, and we look forward to productive meetings,” Mnuchin told reporters at a hotel in the Chinese capital.

On Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters China had made unprecedented proposals in talks on a range of issues, including forced technology transfer, as the countries work to overcome the remaining obstacles to a deal to end their trade war.

Reporting by Dominique Patton; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Clarence Fernandez