China, US open trade talks as Beijing says exports rebound

From left, Chinese Vice Premier and lead trade negotiator Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuc

From left, Chinese Vice Premier and lead trade negotiator Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuc

Chinese Vice Premier and lead trade negotiator Liu He, right, reaches to shake hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer before the openi

Chinese Vice Premier and lead trade negotiator Liu He, right, reaches to shake hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer before the openi

A security official escorts journalists from the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai

A security official escorts journalists from the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai

Chinese staffers adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the

Chinese staffers adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the

Chinese staffers adjust a U.S. flag before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai S

Chinese staffers adjust a U.S. flag before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai S

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators have opened talks on a vexing trade war as Beijing reported its exports rebounded in January despite tariff hikes by President Donald Trump.

Economists and business groups say the two days of negotiations that started Thursday allow too little time to resolve the array of disputes under discussion. They say Beijing hopes to persuade Trump that enough progress is being made to forestall more tariff hikes.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, shook hands at the start of the meeting at a government guesthouse but said nothing to reporters.

Customs data released Thursday showed China's exports rose 9.1 percent in January from a year earlier, recovering from December's 3.5 percent decline. But imports of U.S. goods plunged 41 percent.