On the afternoon of 9 January, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce stated at the routine press conference that Liu He, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, Vice Premier and chief of the Chinese side of the China-U.S. comprehensive economic dialogue, will lead a team and visit Washington on 13-15 January at the invitation of the United States to sign the phase one economic and trade agreement with U.S. counterparts. The two sides are in close contact about the specific arrangements for signing the agreement.

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