China Sweetens Its Cloud-Computing Offer in US Trade Talks

Mr. Li proposed a trial liberalization, saying foreign cloud companies could operate without a domestic partner in a free-trade zone. US negotiators, technology companies and industry groups panned that proposal, viewing it as weak and unrealistic, the people said. By requiring them to operate in a free-trade zone, foreign companies might have to move their existing operations, said Jacob Parker, vice president of the US-China Business Council. “The costs of doing so would be prohibitive,” he said.