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The Latest: US, China leave future of trade talks unclear

January 10, 2019

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions between China and the U.S. (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The United States says talks on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods but gave no indication of progress on Beijing’s technology ambitions and other thorny issues.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday the two sides would “maintain close contact.”

But neither gave any indication of the next step during their 90-day cease-fire in a tariff fight that threatens to chill global economic growth. That uncertainty left Asian stock markets mixed Thursday.

Share prices had risen Wednesday after President Donald Trump fueled optimism about possible progress by saying on Twitter talks were “going well!”

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10:45 a.m.

Most Asian markets have opened lower after China and the U.S. wrapped up trade talks without indicating if they made progress on resolving a dispute over Chinese technology policies that has the world’s two biggest economies embroiled in a bruising trade war.

The talks were the first face-to-face meetings since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to suspend tariff increases during negotiations.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued a statement Thursday saying there were “detailed exchanges” and would “maintain close contact” but gave no details.

A statement from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative didn’t characterize the tone of the talks or say what would happen next. It said U.S. negotiators would await “guidance on the next steps” after reporting back to Washington.

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