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China's Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng attends a news conference at the commerce ministry in Beijing, China. File photo/Reuters
Lead negotiators for China and the United States will meet in Shanghai on July 30 and July 31 for trade talks, China's commerce ministry said on Thursday.
Chinese firms, willing to buy American agricultural products, have asked for prices from US firms and will sign commercial contracts, ministry spokesman Gao Feng told a news conference.
The purchase of US agricultural goods has nothing to do with the restarting of the trade talks, Gao said.
Equity investors gave a guarded welcome on Tuesday to a resumption of US-China trade talks, but fretted over weaker global economic data, traders said.
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China’s factory activity shrank more than expected in June, an official manufacturing survey showed, highlighting the need for more economic stimulus as US tariffs and weaker domestic demand ramped up pressure on new orders for goods.
China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday, suggesting a resumption of talks between the world’s two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changed course.
For 2021, Ifo cut its economic forecast for Germany to 5.1% growth from its previous estimate of 6.4%. It expects the economy to expand by 1.7% in 2022.
Sterling fell 0.51% to $1.2751 against the dollar, the lowest level since July 24 while the pound was down 0.25% against the European common currency at 92 pence.
Spot gold fell 0.9% to $1,895.38 per ounce by 0738 GMT. Prices fell more than 3% to $1,882.70 on Monday, the lowest level since Aug. 12. US gold futures were down 0.5% at $1,900.20 on Tuesday.
Stocks sold off on Monday and the currency market saw "risk-off" moves, with the dollar index climbing to its highest in six-weeks.