China's Commerce Ministry announced on Tuesday afternoon that Deputy Prime Minister Liu He, one of the country's leading economic policy makers, would join a delegation of Chinese officials traveling to Washington for further trade talks on Thursday and Friday with the Trump administration. Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had a news conference on Monday in Washington that they expected to come to Washington late this week for trade talks. But the participation of Mr. Liu may increase the odds of substantial progress on a deal. Mr. Liu is a close adviser and confidant of President Xi Jinping, China's top leader.
Mr. Mnuchin said on Monday that the Chinese trade delegation made a new proposal on Thursday, administrative officials would review it and relay it to the president
Mr. Lighthizer said that the administration's current plan, however, is for the tariff increase to take effect at 12:01 pm. on Friday.