Chinese Vice Premier in charge of economic affairs, Liu He, made a surprise appearance at Monday’s sitting of the latest round of trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing, Bloomberg reports.
Liu, considered Xi Jinping’s right-hand man when it comes to managing the economy, previously led the Chinese team during a series of talks in Washington that yielded a short-lived truce in the trade war.
The latest round of talks were expected to be led by more junior ministers from the two countries’ commerce departments. It is not known what contribution Liu made to Monday’s meeting, but his presence suggests that Beijing is attaching high importance to the visit. Liu is also scheduled to meet with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer later this month.
The talks are the first face-to-face encounter since the two sides struck a 90-day truce deal in November. It has been reported that Vice President Wang Qishan may also meet with US President Donald Trump at the annual economic forum in Davos.