US and Chinese officials are working on arrangements for higher-level trade talks after mid-level officials this week discussed US demands for China to address issues such as intellectual property theft, forced technology transfers, and other non-tariff barriers. People familiar with the three days of talks in Beijing said hopes are mounting that the top Chinese negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, will visit Washington this month to meet with his negotiating counterparts, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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