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U.S. ambassador Terry Branstad unconvinced China willing to make fast progress on trade

Terry Branstad, former governor of Iowa, speaks with the press in the lobby of Trump Tower on Dec. 6, 2016 in New York City. Now a U.S. Ambassador to China, Branstad warned China against retaliatory measures against imports of Americans soybeans. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA/TNS)
Terry Branstad, former governor of Iowa, speaks with the press in the lobby of Trump Tower on Dec. 6, 2016 in New York City. Now a U.S. Ambassador to China, Branstad warned China against retaliatory measures against imports of Americans soybeans. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA/TNS)

BEIJING — U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad on Friday said the U.S. government is not convinced the Chinese are willing to make enough progress soon enough on trade issues, as the two countries remain locked in spiraling disputes.

Branstad said he is hopefully there still is a chance to address non-tariff barriers and loss of intellectual property, speaking at the opening of a financial forum in Beijing.

There is likely to be a stronger law to strengthen security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, or CFIUS, which he thinks is the right way to deal with investment issue, Branstad added. (Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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