Trump wants a China deal but negotiators face mounting troubles

At the previous round of lower-level talks in Beijing earlier this month, the exchange primarily consisted of the US running through its demands, said Erin Ennis, senior vice president of the US-China Business Council, which represents major American companies that operate in China. "All indications are ... that they have not really engaged in detailed negotiations yet,” she said. If Liu brings something new to the table, "that would presumably be the start of a detailed discussion of what China is willing to do,” she added.