U.S., Chinese teams working on Phase 1 trade deal text: Mnuchin

Reuters | October 17, 2019

U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are working on nailing down a Phase 1 trade deal text for their presidents to sign next month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday, adding he was prepared to travel to Beijing for more meetings if necessary. Mnuchin, in a wide-ranging news conference at the Treasury, said there was no invitation from Beijing for another high level meeting with Vice Premier Liu He on the trade deal outlined last week, but deputies were holding phone conferences this week.

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Watch Jaimie Boyd, Deloitte’s National Digital Government leader, as she explains why the cloud is a powerful catalyst for modern government services.

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Watch Jaimie Boyd, Deloitte’s National Digital Government leader, as she explains why the cloud is a powerful catalyst for modern government services.

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