According to Reuters, U.S. and Chinese officials expressed hopes on Monday that a new round of talks would bring them closer to easing their seven-month trade war. However, a U.S. Navy mission through the disputed South China Sea cast a shadow over the negotiations in Beijing. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed anger about two U.S. warships sailing on Monday near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, saying this was creating tensions in the area.

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