China's trade surplus with U.S. widens to $22.19 billion in April

A cargo ship dock at a container port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province on Tuesday

That left China with a trade surplus of US$28.78 billion for the month, compared with forecasts for a US$24.7 billion surplus in April and a rare deficit of US$4.98 billion in March.

Chinese exports rebounded in April reflecting strong global demand, despite Beijing's ongoing trade frictions with the USA, customs data showed Tuesday.

The meetings follow a series of tit-for-tat threats of tariffs on billions of dollars of goods sparked earlier this year by US President Donald Trump, who accuses China of using unfair practices to gain an advantage over US exporters costing American jobs.

USA officials led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin visited Beijing last week for negotiations with the Chinese government, but the meeting appeared to yield little except an agreement that the two powers would continue to communicate despite "big differences" between them.

Beijing and Washington are trying to avoid a trade war between the world's two largest economies. "The backdrop of the ongoing trade negotiations between China and the USA is one in which global growth has already peaked and China's export performance is waning as a result".

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On Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted that he would talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping at 8:30 a.m. ET.

"China's top economic advisor, the vice premier, will be coming here next week to continue the discussions with the President's economic team", said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. President Donald Trump's demands that China slash its surplus with the US have become a cornerstone of his combative economic policy.

China's trade surplus with the US totaled $80.4 billion in January-April.

The negotiations could head off the threatened USA tariffs targeting $150 billion in imports from, while China has warned $50 billion in goods are in the firing line. Last year's surplus totaled $375 billion.

China said last week that some progress was made in the talks in Beijing, but acknowledged that the two sides remain far apart on some issues. China's communist leaders have countered by outlining $50 billion in US goods that they would target with retaliatory duties.

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