Talks can produce fresh progress toward a dea ina Daily editorial

It is encouraging that after the deputy-level meetings on Monday and Tuesday

to work out the technical details for an agr

eement — including a mechanism for enforcing any deal — the face-to-face discussions being conducted between d

ecision-makers from both countries are being held amid a general air of optimism.

The negotiations are being led by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secr

etary Steven Mnuchin, whose cordial discussions in Washington on Jan 30 and 31 raised hopes that the two s

ides are genuinely doing their utmost to reach an agreement ahead of the March 1 deadline when US tariffs on $

200 billion worth of imports from China are set to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent.

But there are still obstacles to be overcome, and no one should underestimate how daunting a task the two s

ides face trying to resolve all the differences that have long existed between them in one clean sweep.

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