US MAY HEAR TODAY ON NEW CHINA TALKS
Byline: JOYCE BARRETT
WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative officials think they could receive word as early as today whether Chinese negotiators will come here this week to revive talks on protecting U.S. copyrights, trademarks and patents in hopes of avoiding an imposition of tariffs on Chinese exports.
Nine days of talks between U.S. and Chinese officials broke down Saturday, prompting U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor to threaten that if no agreement is reached by this Saturday, the U.S. will impose 100 percent tariffs on a long list of Chinese goods.
U.S. negotiators are expected to return here from Beijing today, and Kantor has invited the Chinese to continue negotiations here before the Saturday deadline.
The list of Chinese imports threatened by sanctions has not been completed, but their value is $1 billion to more than $2 billion. The categories include accessories and footwear.
“While some progress was made, the key objectives of the U.S. were not met in the talks,” a USTR spokeswoman said Sunday. Kantor, in a conference call with wire service reporters Saturday, did not specify the protection the U.S. wants for intellectual property rights on computer programs, movies and music.
The spokeswoman said Kantor could hear today whether the Chinese will come here to pursue a resolution. — Fairchild News Service