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These opposing ideas have previously complicated talks, and Susan Aaronson, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, has warned they could do so again.

"The Trump administration still lacks any clear objectives, strategy, or metrics for success in its trade talks with China," Aaronson said in a statement. "Without such a plan, they are sending confusing messages to Chinese bureaucrats and mocking what trade is about: mutual benefit."
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