Previously, US government officials have repeatedly said that the US side hopes to sign the first phase of trade agreement with China at the APEC meeting scheduled for November.
Chinas economic and trade teams have maintained close communication with China and the United States, and the consultations are progressing smoothly, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement Wednesday. The two sides will continue to promote consultation and other work in accordance with the original plan. The two leaders will call again on Friday. (end)
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