In what may be the biggest US-Chinese trade agreement yet, the US is expected to begin negotiations this week with China over a new set of trade agreements, according to a US official.
The US has long sought to bring its biggest trade deal to a vote in Congress and to allow it to become law.
On Friday, the White House and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the Trump administration had “agreed to begin the negotiation process to conclude the President’s China-US Free Trade Agreement,” according to the Associated Press.
This is the second major trade deal between the US and China that is likely to be voted on this week.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration said it was likely to vote on a new deal with China, including new rules on currency manipulation, on the first day of Congress.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement on Thursday that the US had not done enough to uphold the “basic principles of international law.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.