U.S. POLITICS U.S. envoys leave hotel ahead of trade talks in Beijing


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer left their hotel shortly after arrival earlier on Tuesday.

Mnuchin said earlier that he hoped to make “substantial progress” with Chinese negotiators in the next two rounds of trade talks, as the world’s two largest economies look for ways to end their bruising trade war.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on April 4 that the two sides could have a deal worked out in about four weeks. Last week, he said he would soon host Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House – a meeting seen as needed to cement an agreement.